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Former Member Details

Mr William Henry TRAILL (1843 - 1902)

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Date of Birth: 07/05/1843
Place of Birth: London, England
Date of Death: 21/05/1902
Place of Death: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 02 Feb 1889 25 Jun 1894 5 years 4 months 24 days
Member for South Sydney 02 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 4 months 5 days
Member for South Sydney 17 Jun 1891 25 Jun 1894 3 years 9 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 28 Feb 1889 28 Feb 1889 1 day
Library Committee No.4 30 Apr 1890 20 Dec 1890 7 months 21 days
Library Committee No.3 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
Australasian Mining Exchange of Sydney Bill Committee No.35 15 Feb 1892 23 Feb 1892 9 days
Library Committee No.3 28 Jul 1891 01 Apr 1892 8 months 5 days
Library Committee No.6 05 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 14 days
Library Committee No.4 27 Sep 1893 08 Dec 1893 2 months 12 days
Homestead Protection Bill Committee No.12 03 Apr 1894 18 Apr 1894 16 days
Library Committee No.4 23 Jan 1894 11 Jun 1894 4 months 20 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Journalist. Educated for Indian Army in Edinburgh and London. Arrived in Queensland by 1861. Became a station hand near Dalby. Revisted Britain c.1863; returned to Queensland to manage Maroon station near Beaudesert; moved to Ipswich. Moved to Victoria and became a drafstman in the Department of Mines from 1866 until 1867. Returned to Queensland. Became a clerk in the Department of Public Lands from 1869 until 1873, wrote a newspaper column and became a newspaper proprieter. Reuter's Agent by 1880. After a political defeat in 1894 failed in farming and mining ventures. Became bankrupt in April 1896, discharged in August. Returned to Queensland working as a journalist.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of John Heddle, customs and Orkney Islander, and Elizabeth Dunbar Heddle. Married (1) Jessie Lewis on 23 April 1866 at Brisbane, Queensland and had issue, 1 daughter. Married (2) Agnes Lewis (half sister of first wife) on 11 March 1871 at Brisbane and had issue, 2 daughter and 4 sons.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: William Henry Traill - papers, 1875-ca. 1890 (B1459).