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Former Member Details

Mr James RODD (1830 - 1900)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1830
Place of Birth: Rayleigh, Essex, England
Date of Death: 31/03/1900
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Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 10 Jan 1865 16 Nov 1874 9 years 10 months 7 days
Member for Goldfields South 10 Jan 1865 15 Nov 1869 4 years 10 months 6 days
Member for Goldfields North 25 Mar 1872 16 Nov 1874 2 years 7 months 23 days
Parramatta Market Bill Committee No.14 03 May 1865 09 May 1865 7 days
Pitt-street Tramway Committee No.12 28 Nov 1865 27 Mar 1866 4 months
Parramatta Market Bill Committee No.14 05 Oct 1866 11 Oct 1866 7 days
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.16 17 Dec 1872 24 Apr 1873 4 months 8 days
Telegraphic Communication Committee No.17 17 Dec 1872 24 Apr 1873 4 months 8 days
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.5 12 Sep 1873 24 Jun 1874 9 months 13 days
Claim of William Henry Baron Committee No.23 16 Jan 1874 25 Jun 1874 5 months 10 days Chairman
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace (JP) 1866.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
After arrival in Sydney, he made his way to the Braidwood gold fields where he opened the Free Trade Stores in 1858. In late 1860s was wealthy enough to afford legal expenses in a court case. Appointed a magistrate in 1866. Bankrupt on 17 November 1874, the day after he resigned from Parliament. Auctioneer in Sydney by 1880.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Eldest son of James Rodd and his wife Ann Alabaster, of Rayleigh in Essex, England. Arrived in Sydney on the 'Duncan Dunbar' with his brother George Rodd, in December 1857. Married (1) Jane Gregson, on 11 June 1861, at the Congregational Church, Pitt Street, Sydney, and they had a son; Jane Rodd died soon after the birth, as did their child. Jane Gregson Rodd was the second daughter of Richard Gregson, manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank in Braidwood and his wife Martha. Married (2) Ellen Alicia Madden, on 23 September 1871 at St Barnabas Church, Sydney, and they had no children. She was the youngest daughter of Patrick and Mary Madden of Sydney.
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