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Former Member Details

Mr Edward PULSFORD (1844 - 1919)

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Date of Birth: 29/09/1844
Place of Birth: Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Date of Death: 29/09/1919
Place of Death: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 13 Aug 1895 13 May 1901 5 years 9 months 1 day Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 8 August 1895. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Newspaper proprieter. Educated privately in England. Engaged in commercial pursuits in Hull. Arrived in New South Wales in 1884. For some time became a commercial editor of Sydney Daily Telegraph in 1889. Proprieter of Armidale Chronicle from 1890 until 1898. Ardent proponent of free trade. Prolific writer on commercial, financial and tariff subjects; Secretary of Freetrade Association of New South Wales from 1885 until c.1891; a convenor of Freetrade conference in Sydney in 1900 leading to the formation of Australian Freetrade Association; president of New South Wales Branch. Honorary member of Cobden Club, London for service to freetrade in Australia. Active supporter of Federation.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Senator 1901 - 1910.
Local Government Activity
Son of Reverend James Pulsford, Baptist Minister and his wife Mary Ann Cutler. Married (1) Mary Charlotte Stainforth on 23 February 1870 at Hull, Yorkshire, and had issue, 3 sons. Married (2) Blanche Elspeth Browne at Neutral Bay on 2 March 1919. Baptist. Buried at Gore Hill cemetery following a Church of England service.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11