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Former Member Details

Mr John Thomas TOOHEY (1839 - 1903)

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Date of Birth: 26/04/1839
Place of Birth: Limerick, Ireland
Date of Death: 05/05/1903
Place of Death: Chicago, United States of America
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 30 Aug 1892 05 May 1903 10 years 8 months 6 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 30 April 1892
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Brewer. Arrived in Melbourne with parents in 1841. Father was engaged in business and purchased urban real estate before selling at a loss and moving to New South Wales in 1866. Undertook unsuccessful business ventures in Victoria, New Zealand and Queensland. Settled near Lismore in New South Wales. Set up an auctioneering agency and cordial factory in Sydney c.1869. With his brother began brewing at the Metropolitan Brewery in 1870. Purchased Darling Brewery in 1873. Moved to new premises and began standard brewery in1876, employing 26 hands; sales grew rapidly in popularity at expense of imported beers in 1880s. Chairman when brewery became a public company named Tooheys Limited, 1902. Director of City Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited and other companies. Leading Roman Catholic. Leader in home rule movement. Supporter of Irish Nationalist Movement. Benefactor of many Roman Catholic charities. Visited Ireland, England and Europe in 1895; World Tour from 1902.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knight of Order of St Gregory (Papal).
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Matthew Toohey, businessman, and Honora Hall. Married (1) Sarah Doheny on 26 August 1871 at Sydney and had issue, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Married (2) Mrs Annie Mary Murphy Egan, widow, in Auckland, New Zealand. Roman Catholic.
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