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Former Member Details

The Hon. Henry GULLETT (1837 - 1914)

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Date of Birth: 20/01/1837
Place of Birth: South Devon, England
Date of Death: 04/08/1914
Place of Death: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 21 Jul 1908 04 Aug 1914 6 years 15 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 10 July 1908.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Journalist. Arrived in Australia in 1853; went to the goldfields, then worked on father's farm in Lancefield district in Victoria; went to England in 1861 seeking a literary opening, returned in 1863, joined reporting staff of the Melbourne Argus. Sent to Ceylon as a telegraphic representative, sub editor and editor; moved to Sydney to become leader writer and assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1885 until 1890; became a shareholder but left when editorial staff resigned over policy in 1890 though remaining as a director. Joined the Sydney Morning Herald as an acting editor during 1898 referendum, vigorously supporting federation; visited England in 1899; retired and returned to The Daily Telegraph as an editor from 1901 until 1903; director of Citizens Life Assurance Company; president of Shakespeare Society from 1904 until 1911.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Henry Gullett, stonemason and builder. Married Lucy Willie, journalist, in 1872 and had issue, 4 daughters. Church of England. Burial at Gore Hill cemetery.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Henry Gullett - papers, 1835 - 1966 (MLMSS 1473); photographs in the PICMAN Database.