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Sir Alfred William MEEKS, K.B.E (1849 - 1932)

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Date of Birth: 15/04/1849
Place of Birth: Cheltenham, England
Date of Death: 06/03/1932
Place of Death: Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 12 Jun 1900 06 Mar 1932 31 years 8 months 24 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 6 June 1900
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1892; Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1920. President of Adelaide Chamber of Commerce in 1887. Sydney Chamber of Commerce from 1896 until 1898. Assisted to found New South Wales Chamber of Manufactures in 1895.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant and Company Director. Arrived in Melbourne in April 1854. Educated at St James Grammar in Melbourne. Entered business and in 1878 became a department manager with firm of Gibbs, Bright & Co., merchants and later became a partner. Opened a branch in Adelaide and moved to Sydney. became a resident partner in in 1888 and retired in 1929. Director of National Bank of Australasia; Director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society 1889 until 1932; Chairman from 1906 until 1932; Chairman Lysaght Brothers and Co. Ltd, Sydney Hydraulic Power Company. President of Adelaide Chamber of Commerce in 1887. Honorary Treasurer of Sydney City Mission. President of Young Men's Christian Association. Member of New South Wales Bush Nursing Association. Vice President of Millions Club in 1918. President of Royal Apollo Club. Member of Union Club. Jubilee Exhibition in 1887. Commissioner of Chicago Exposition in 1893. Royal Commissioner on Military Service in 1892.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William Meeks, shoemaker and Maria Healing. Married Alice Freeman on 14 October 1873 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Church of England.
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