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Former Member Details

Mr Russell BARTON (1830 - 1916)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1830
Place of Birth: Penge, England
Date of Death: 30/06/1916
Place of Death: Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 30 Nov 1880 02 Dec 1886 6 years 3 days
Member for Bourke 30 Nov 1880 23 Nov 1882 1 year 11 months 25 days
Member for Bourke 19 Dec 1882 07 Oct 1885 2 years 9 months 19 days
Member for Bourke 26 Oct 1885 02 Dec 1886 1 year 1 month 7 days
Osborne’s Leasing Bill Committee No.18 22 Mar 1881 06 Apr 1881 16 days
Osborne’s Leasing Bill Committee No.10 15 Jul 1881 05 Aug 1881 22 days
Royal Society of New South Wales Incorporation Bill Committee No.19 16 Sep 1881 27 Sep 1881 12 days
Institute of Surveyors Incorporation Bill Committee No.17 06 Sep 1881 11 Oct 1881 1 month 6 days
Width of Streets and Lanes Bill Committee No.14 26 Aug 1881 21 Oct 1881 1 month 26 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 22 Aug 1882 22 Aug 1882 1 day
Manly Gaslight and Coke Company’s Bill Committee No.33 07 Feb 1884 11 Mar 1884 1 month 5 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 17 Mar 1885 17 Mar 1885 1 day
Bell’s Estate Bill Committee No.23 30 Mar 1886 26 May 1886 1 month 27 days
Bennett’s Railway Bill Committee No.34 21 Apr 1886 28 May 1886 1 month 8 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 03 Dec 1885 25 Oct 1886 10 months 23 days
Political Party Activity
Royal Commissioner on the Conservation of Water in 1884.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner and pastoralist. At age nine worked on a cattle station for a year and from the age of 11 to 14 worked on a sheep station. From the age of 14 to 17, worked as a carrier for the Burra Burra copper mine and overlanded cattle for the mine between Adelaide and New South Wales. From 1851 to 1853 prospected on the Victorian goldfields and then returned to Adelaide where he bought 250 acres of land near the city. A fire in 1855 burnt out all property. Returning to South Australia managed Tallin station and Tarcoon and Mooculta stations on the Bogan River in New South Wales to which he overlanded 10,000 sheep. Organized travelling wool-scouring plants and had business ventures in fellmongery, butchering and soap-making. He bought Mooculta station in 1868 and subsequently bought Briningabba and Willara with his brother. In the 1870's speculated in mining and by 1883 was the Chairman of the the Great Cobar Copper Mining Company which employed around 1500 people. Directed 14 other mining companies and was chairman of 11 of them. Diversified investments into insurance and pastoral finance, becoming the Director of the Mercantile Mutual Insurance Company, British and Foreign Insurance Company and Managing Director of the Pastoral Finance Association Limited.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Eldest son of Edmund Russell, grazier, and his wife Sophia Russell. Emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia, with his family in 1839. Married Jane McCulloch Davey in 1855 and had issue, 11 children.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7. Biography and portrait in ‘Australian Men of Mark’, Volume 1. Sydney, [?1889] , page 225.