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Former Member Details

Mr Edmund Walcott FOSBERY, C.M.G (1834 - 1919)

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Date of Birth: 06/02/1834
Place of Birth: Wotton, Gloucester, England
Date of Death: 01/07/1919
Place of Death: Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Aug 1904 01 Jul 1919 14 years 10 months 9 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 20 June 1904.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1862
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Police officer. Educated at Royal Naval School, New Cross, Surrey. Won Yarborough cadetship but declined to enter the Navy. Became a secretary to Sir Phillip Rose of legal firm Norton, Rose and Russell, solicitors to B.Disraeli; arrived in Victoria in 1852, went to Mount Alexander goldfields, became a cadet in the Victorian police in 1853; advised on reorganisation of New South Wales police in 1861, invited to become second and acting inspector general from 1874 until 1903, retired; vice president. Barrack Street Savings bank to 1912; director of Bank of New South Wales from 1912 until 1918 and of the United Insurance Company; member of Board of Health from 1882 until 1917; chairman of Public Service Tender Board; member of Aborigines Protection Board from 1883 until 1905, chairman from 1889 until 1904; member of Old Age Pensions Board in 1902; actively associated with Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society; chairman of Charity Organisation Society; commissioner of International Exhibition, Amsterdam, 1883, Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886; Centennial Exhibition, Melbourne; and Centennial Celebrations in 1888; trustee of Australian Museum from 1886 until 1888, and of Australian Jockey Club; vice president of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; member of Union Club; visited Europe in 1888 and 1904. Protectionist nominee.
Military Service
Honours Received
Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1902
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Godfrey Fosbery, Captain Royal Navy, and Catherine Lyons Walcott. Married Harriette Lightfoot in 1854 and had issue, 8 children. Funeral at Church of England cemetery at Camperdown.
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