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Former Member Details

Mr Robert Adam RITCHIE (1836 - 1891)

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Date of Birth: 18/10/1836
Place of Birth: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Date of Death: 16/08/1891
Place of Death: Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 09 Feb 1889 16 Aug 1891 2 years 6 months 8 days
Member for Central Cumberland 09 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 3 months 29 days
Member for Central Cumberland 17 Jun 1891 16 Aug 1891 2 months
Warwick Farm Railway Bill Committee No.17 11 Jun 1889 25 Jun 1889 15 days
Municipalities of Ryde and Hunter’s Hill Bill Committee No.18 28 Jun 1889 03 Jul 1889 6 days
Working of the Fisheries Act Committee No.13 21 May 1889 27 Aug 1889 3 months 7 days
Mrs Cunynghame, Late superintendent of Macquarie Street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute, Parramatta Committee No.23 05 Jul 1889 27 Sep 1889 2 months 23 days
Borough of Newcastle Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.23 03 Jul 1890 16 Jul 1890 14 days
Mrs Cunynghame, late Superintendent of Macquarie Street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute, Parramatta Committee No.8 30 Apr 1890 23 Sep 1890 4 months 25 days
Borough of Newcastle Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.40 (No.2) 06 Nov 1890 12 Nov 1890 7 days
Sydney Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.7 04 Aug 1891 26 Aug 1891 23 days
Casino School of Arts Enabling Bill Committee No.9 05 Aug 1891 17 Sep 1891 1 month 13 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Company Director and retired manufacturer. Arrived in Sydney with family joining elder brother in 1848. Worked in a woollen mill at Parramatta where father was a manager. Journeyed to Turon diggings for 18 months then apprenticed to Joseph Whiting, blacksmith at Parramatta. Took over the Sydney business in 1857. Moved to Parramatta in 1860s. Developed large engineering works which made ploughs and other engineering products. Filled large contracts for railway rolling stock. Opened branch at Wickham, near Newcastle in 1879. Merged with Hudson Brothers in 1883 and became managing director of their Clyde works. Retired from firm in 1884. Became a director of Mason Brothers Limited, merchants and importers in Sydney. President of Central Cumberland Agricultural and Horticultural Association; Chairman of Auburn Progress Association. Original member of Parramatta volunteers. Connected with many benevolent and social movements. Freemason.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Parramatta from 1877. Chairman of Works Committee in 1879.
Son of John Ritchie, dyer, and Barbara Henderson. Married (1) Jemima Fergus Douglas on 25 March 1859 at Parramatta and had issue, 1 daughter and 3 sons. Presbyterian. Married (2) Clara Henderson, sister of his first wife and had issue 3 daughters and 4 sons. Presbyterian.
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