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Former Member Details

Mr William STEPHEN (1829 - 1913)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1829
Place of Birth: County Cavan, Northern Ireland
Date of Death: 28/12/1913
Place of Death: Botany, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 05 Feb 1887 05 Jul 1895 8 years 5 months 1 day
Member for Redfern 05 Feb 1887 19 Jan 1889 1 year 11 months 15 days
Member for Redfern 02 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 4 months 5 days
Member for Botany 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Toronto Tramway Bill Committee No.7 04 Apr 1889 11 Apr 1889 8 days
Silkstone Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.10 17 Apr 1889 30 Apr 1889 14 days
Working of the Fisheries Act Committee No.13 21 May 1889 27 Aug 1889 3 months 7 days
Claim of E.K Crace to Crown Land adjoining Gungahleen Estate Committee No.20 24 Jun 1890 14 Oct 1890 3 months 21 days
Conveyance of Mails to and from General Post Office, Sydney Committee No.43 18 Nov 1890 19 Dec 1890 1 month 2 days Chairman
Claims of Rev. Daniel P.M Hulbert Committee No.29 26 Aug 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 months 25 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Woolscourer and fellmonger. Arrived in Australia with family in 1848. Unsuccessful miner in western districts of New South Wales and in Victoria. By 1857 was a gardener and fruitgrower in Sydney. Converted Botany swamps into fertile land. Formed a woolscouring and fellmongering business. Director of building company sponsored by Loyal Orange Institution in mid 1880s. Foreman of Grand Committee of Loyal Orange Institution from 1885 until 1889, Grand Master from 1890. Freemason. President of Botany of Arts for 15 years. Chairman of local school board. Commissioner of International Exhibition in 1888.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of Botany and Mayor in 1901
Personal
Son of James Stephen, farmer, and Jane Smith. Married Mary Montgomery on 14 April 1857 at Sydney and had issue, 3 daughters and 4 sons. Church of England.
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