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Former Member Details

Mr James GORMLY (1836 - 1922)

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Date of Birth: 24/07/1836
Place of Birth: 'Foxborough Hall', Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland
Date of Death: 19/05/1922
Place of Death: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 31 Oct 1885 15 Jun 1904 18 years 7 months 16 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Aug 1904 19 May 1922 17 years 8 months 27 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 20 June 1904.
Member for Murrumbidgee 31 Oct 1885 26 Jan 1887 1 year 2 months 27 days
Member for Murrumbidgee 24 Feb 1887 19 Jan 1889 1 year 10 months 27 days
Member for Murrumbidgee 01 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 4 months 6 days
Member for Murrumbidgee 29 Jun 1891 25 Jun 1894 2 years 11 months 28 days
Member for Wagga Wagga 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for Wagga Wagga 24 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 15 days
Member for Wagga Wagga 27 Jul 1898 11 Jun 1901 2 years 10 months 16 days
Member for Wagga Wagga 03 Jul 1901 15 Jun 1904 2 years 11 months 13 days
Randwick Cemetery Unused Land Sale Bill Committee No.44 10 Jun 1886 07 Jun 1886 0 days
Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales Incorporation Bill Committee No.55 15 Jul 1886 11 Aug 1886 28 days
Conditional Purchases on Pericoota Run Committee No.50 18 Jun 1886 25 Oct 1886 4 months 8 days
Conditional Purchases on Pericoota Run Committee No.11 29 Mar 1887 13 Jul 1887 3 months 15 days
Railway Free Passes – Special Trains Committee No.10 29 Mar 1887 13 Jul 1887 3 months 15 days
Yass Roman Catholic Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.19 13 Oct 1887 26 Oct 1887 14 days
Thomas Thompson’s Conditional Purchase made at Moama Committee No.14 07 Oct 1887 01 Dec 1887 1 month 25 days
Victorian Coal-mining Company’s Extension Bill Committee No.32 29 Nov 1887 01 Dec 1887 3 days
Broken Hill and Suburban Gas Company’s Bill Committee No.52 10 Apr 1888 03 May 1888 24 days
Windsor Gas-light Company (Limited) Act Amendment Bill Committee No.12 06 Dec 1888 07 Dec 1888 2 days
Broken Hill Water Supply Bill Committee No.13 07 Dec 1888 11 Jan 1889 1 month 5 days
Bathurst Cattle Sale Yards Bill Committee No.12 16 May 1889 29 May 1889 14 days
Windsor Gaslight Company (Limited) Act Amendment Bill Committee No.15 04 Jun 1889 14 Jun 1889 11 days
Municipalities of Ryde and Hunter’s Hill Bill Committee No.18 28 Jun 1889 03 Jul 1889 6 days
Broken Hill Water Supply Bill Committee No.8 10 Apr 1889 10 Jul 1889 3 months 1 day
Toronto Tramway Act Amendment Bill Committee No.11 01 May 1890 06 May 1890 6 days
Goulburn Water Supply Charges Bill Committee No.14 21 May 1890 05 Jun 1890 16 days
Ryan’s Conditional Purchases at Wagga Wagga Committee No.17 03 Jun 1890 18 Jun 1890 16 days
Wagga Wagga Cattle Sale yards Bill Committee No.19 24 Jun 1890 14 Aug 1890 1 month 22 days Chairman
Conditional Purchases of C.H Thatcher, Forbes Land District Committee No.6 30 Apr 1890 23 Sep 1890 4 months 25 days
Elizabeth Ann Cartwright’s Additional Conditional Purchases Committee No.31 09 Sep 1890 06 Nov 1890 1 month 29 days
Hay and Deniliquin Tramway Bill Committee No.34 23 Sep 1890 13 Nov 1890 1 month 22 days
Forfeiture of Henry Crowe’s Conditional Purchase, county of Harden Committee No.39 04 Nov 1890 12 Dec 1890 1 month 9 days
Claims of Rev. Daniel P.M Hulbert Committee No.29 26 Aug 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 months 25 days
Conditional Purchase made by Anne Nash O’Brien at Corowa Committee No.47 16 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 days
Conditional Purchase made by Maurice Bush, District Urana Committee No.46 16 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 days
Forfeited Selection of J.J Ray Committee No.44 02 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 19 days
Hay Athenaeum Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.48 18 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 days
Segenhoe Estate Irrigation Bill Committee No.45 16 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 days
Conditional Purchase made by Annie Nash O’Brien, at Corowa Committee No.6 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
Segenhoe Estate Irrigation Bill Committee No.8 27 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 7 days
Albury Mechanics Institute Enabling Bill Committee No.6 30 Jul 1891 06 Aug 1891 8 days
Forfeiture of J.J Ray’s selection in the Land District of Wagga Wagga Committee No.22 29 Sep 1891 09 Dec 1891 2 months 11 days Chairman
Wagga Wagga School of Arts Enabling Bill Committee No.24 26 Nov 1891 09 Dec 1891 14 days Chairman
Watkins Wallis Trust Estate Bill Committee No.26 15 Dec 1891 22 Dec 1891 8 days
Conditional Purchase by James Young, at Gosford Committee No.30 21 Dec 1891 04 Feb 1892 1 month 15 days
Conditional Purchase made by Anne Nash O’Brien, at Corowa Committee No.21 16 Sep 1891 15 Mar 1892 6 months
Menindie and Broken Hill Tramway Bill Committee.10 18 Oct 1892 10 Nov 1892 24 days
Raymond Terrace Mechanics School of Arts Sale Bill Committee No.14 16 Nov 1892 29 Nov 1892 14 days
Menindie Irrigation Bill Committee No.21 23 Feb 1893 22 Mar 1893 1 month
Case of John Deniff Committee No.27 07 Jun 1893 13 Jun 1893 7 days
Oxford street Improvement Bill Committee No.13 16 Nov 1892 13 Jun 1893 6 months 29 days
Corowa School of Arts Enabling Bill Committee No.9 24 Oct 1893 08 Dec 1893 1 month 15 days
Oxford street Improvement Bill Committee No.8 25 Jan 1894 13 Feb 1894 20 days
Conditional Purchase made by George Vincent, in the District of Gundagai. Committee No. 17 19 Apr 1895 05 Jul 1895 2 months 17 days
Elections and Qualifications No. 5 07 Aug 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 29 days
Application of Mr J.F Connelly to mine in the parish of Currajong Committee No.13 15 Oct 1895 18 Dec 1895 2 months 4 days
Narrandera Roman Catholic Church Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.15 02 Jul 1896 22 Jul 1896 21 days
Maitland Gaslight Act Amendment Bill Committee No.32 14 Oct 1896 27 Oct 1896 14 days
Senior Sergeant Vaughan’s Reduction and Removal from Narrandera Committee No.24 08 Sep 1896 29 Oct 1896 1 month 22 days
Gore and Artarmon Estates, North Shore Committee No.22 11 Aug 1896 12 Nov 1896 3 months 2 days
Case of Thomas Buckley – Public Works Department Committee No.33 20 Oct 1896 16 Nov 1896 28 days
Printing Committee No.5 14 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 3 days
Printing Committee No.5 28 Apr 1897 09 Dec 1897 7 months 12 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No. 6 22 Jun 1898 08 Jul 1898 17 days
Printing Committee No. 5 28 Jun 1898 08 Jul 1898 11 days
Case of Sydney Cooper as to Mining under a Road, parish of Clive, county of Gough Committee No. 17 27 Oct 1898 23 Dec 1898 1 month 27 days
Claim of Samuel and Mary Lemon Committee No. 10 30 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 24 days
Mort’s Dock and Engineering Company (Limited) Enabling Bill Committee No. 18 17 Nov 1898 23 Dec 1898 1 month 7 days
Printing Committee No. 6 25 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 29 days
Printing Committee No.4 21 Feb 1899 23 Feb 1899 3 days Chairman
Printing Committee No.5 13 Apr 1899 21 Apr 1899 9 days
Printing Committee No.7 02 Aug 1899 10 Oct 1899 2 months 9 days Chairman
Claims of Mrs Guilfoyle, widow of the late Forester at Moama Committee No.13 24 Oct 1899 23 Nov 1899 1 month
Yass Roman Catholic Church Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.24 21 Dec 1899 22 Dec 1899 2 days
Stanford Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.14 25 Oct 1899 23 Dec 1899 1 month 29 days
Broken Hill Abattoirs, Markets, and Cattle sale Yards Bill Committee No.2 19 Jun 1900 18 Jul 1900 1 month
Conditional Purchase of George Humphries Cowled Committee No. 10 03 Jul 1900 26 Jul 1900 24 days
Dubbo, Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association Bill Committee No.20 04 Sep 1900 12 Sep 1900 9 days
Racing Association Bill Committee No.23 18 Sep 1900 01 Dec 1900 2 months 14 days
Printing Committee No. 6 20 Jun 1900 04 Dec 1900 5 months 15 days
Wagga Wagga Cattle driving Bill Committee No.13 22 Oct 1901 17 Dec 1901 1 month 26 days Chairman
Printing Committee No.7 08 Aug 1901 19 Dec 1901 4 months 12 days Chairman
Lease of the Kensington Racecourse Committee No.7 17 Jun 1902 31 Jul 1902 1 month 15 days
Printing Committee No.6 17 Jun 1902 19 Dec 1902 6 months 3 days Chairman
Goulburn Roman Catholic Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.3 01 Jul 1903 30 Jul 1903 1 month
Printing Committee No.7 01 Jul 1903 01 Dec 1903 5 months 1 day
Hay Athenaeum Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.17 19 Jan 1893 01 Feb 2008 115 years 14 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1883. Foundation President of Wagga Wagga Free Selectors Association 1875 - 1878. Foundation Member of Library Association of Australasia in 1896. Foundation President of Wagga Wagga and District Horsebreeders Association 1913. Member of Murrumbidgee Turf Club over 50 years.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Carrier and pastoralist. Arrived in Sydney with parents as a bounty immigrant in January 1840 on the 'Crusader'. Some primary education at Wollongong. Droving with father, family living at Nangue from 1844, Gundagai from 1849. Went to Victorian and New South Wales goldfields. Settled in Wagga Wagga in 1854. Won government mail contracts and had horses and large staff on mail routes. Sold out to Cobb & Co. 1872. Speculated in pastoral leases from 1875 selling at a profit. Invested in urban real estate and Riverina properties. Recreational Interests include riding as an amateur jockey.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of Patrick Gormly, grazier and Mary Docray. Married Margaret Jane Cox on 28 December 1858, at Holbrook and had issue, 3 daughters and 5 sons. Roman Catholic.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 4. James Gormly, 'Exploration and Settlement in Australia', 1921 (reprinted 2004). R. J. E. Gormly, 'Hon. James Gormly ...a Murrumbidgee pioneer', 1959. Papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Richard Joseph Ernest Gormley - papers, 1828 - 1958 (MLMSS 672). Papers in the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/archives/collection/regional/records/political