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Former Member Details

Sir Samuel MCCAUGHEY (1835 - 1919)

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Date of Birth: 01/07/1835
Place of Birth: Tullyneug near Ballymena, Ireland
Date of Death: 25/07/1919
Place of Death: Yanco, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 11 Apr 1899 25 Jul 1919 20 years 3 months 15 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 8 April 1899
Political Party Activity
Nominated by Reid to the Legislative Council to pass federation enabling the bill; rarely attended.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1875
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Pastoralist. Learnt accountancy in fathers linen business and worked on a farm. Arrived in Melbourne in April 1856. Jackeroo and overseer and 2 years later was a manager. Sank bores, built dams and deepened creek. By 1872 held 137,000 acres. Visited Ireland in 1871. Established merino stud. Pioneered advanced use of resources and mechanical shears. Famed for hospitality and philanthropy. Gave liberally to the Red Cross during World War 1. On council of Graziers Association in 1911. Vice President of Sheepbreeders Association. Member of Union Club. Famous for philanthropy, giving generously to Barnardo's Homes, Red Cross, Presbyterian Church and Salvation Army, Burnside Open Homes, to hospitals, schools and universities; also to Dreadnought Fund and to the expenses of bushmen's contingent to the Boer War; Union Club in 1881.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knighted in 1905.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Francis McCaughey, farmer and merchant, and Eliza Wilson. Unmarried. Presbyterian. Funeral at Narrandera cemetery with Presbyterian rites.
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