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Mr Ninian (junior) MELVILLE (1843 - 1897)

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Date of Birth: 29/12/1843
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 26/06/1897
Place of Death: Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 30 Apr 1880 25 Jun 1894 14 years 1 month 27 days
Member for Northumberland 30 Apr 1880 09 Nov 1880 6 months 11 days
Member for Northumberland 26 Nov 1880 23 Nov 1882 1 year 11 months 29 days
Member for Northumberland 09 Dec 1882 07 Oct 1885 2 years 9 months 29 days
Member for Northumberland 16 Oct 1885 26 Jan 1887 1 year 3 months 11 days
Member for Northumberland 17 Feb 1887 26 Jan 1887 0 days
Member for Northumberland 04 Feb 1889 19 Jan 1889 0 days
Member for Northumberland 24 Jun 1891 25 Jun 1894 3 years 2 days
Chairman of Committees 02 Apr 1889 02 Apr 1889 1 day
Chairman of Committees 27 Nov 1889 27 Nov 1889 1 day
Chairman of Committees 30 Apr 1890 30 Apr 1890 1 day
Chairman of Committees 26 May 1891 26 May 1891 1 day
Chairman of Committees 28 Jul 1891 28 Jul 1891 1 day
Chairman of Committees 06 Sep 1892 06 Sep 1892 1 day
Chairman of Committees 27 Sep 1893 27 Sep 1893 1 day
Chairman of Committees 25 Jan 1894 25 Jun 1894 5 months 1 day
Borough of Newcastle Leasing and Improving Bill Committee No.23 21 Oct 1881 28 Oct 1881 8 days
Mrs Clyne’s Conditional Purchase Committee No.6 12 Sep 1882 02 Nov 1882 1 month 22 days
Kiama Tramway Bill Committee No.5 23 Jan 1883 23 Feb 1883 1 month 1 day
Redhead Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.15 07 Mar 1883 16 Mar 1883 10 days
Mr Lamont Young and Party Committee No.20 06 Apr 1883 02 May 1883 27 days
Dubbo Cattle Sale-yards Bill Committee No.8 14 Oct 1883 18 Oct 1883 5 days
Windsor Gaslight Company’s Bill Committee No.12 25 Oct 1883 12 Feb 1884 3 months 19 days
Armidale Gas Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.29 24 Jan 1884 19 Feb 1884 27 days
The case of Mr J.H Handsaker Committee No.41 04 Mar 1884 17 Apr 1884 1 month 14 days Chairman
Mr Lamont Young and Party Committee No.6 12 Oct 1883 25 Jun 1884 8 months 14 days
Newcastle Streets Bill Committee No.62 17 Sep 1884 07 Oct 1884 21 days
Claim of Matthew McIvor to a Tin Mine at Pheasant’s Creek Committee No.42 25 Mar 1884 09 Oct 1884 6 months 15 days
Oddfellows Hall, Elizabeth street Committee No.18 22 Nov 1883 09 Oct 1884 10 months 18 days
Wallsend and Plattsburg Gas Company’s Bill Committee No.64 22 Oct 1884 29 Oct 1884 8 days
Medical Bill Committee No.52 13 Jun 1884 01 Nov 1884 4 months 20 days
Point Piper Road Committee No.57 13 Aug 1884 01 Nov 1884 2 months 20 days
Conditional Purchase of Evan McIntosh Committee No.21 29 Sep 1885 02 Oct 1885 4 days
Balmain Tramway Bill Committee No.14 28 Jan 1886 09 Feb 1886 13 days
Bell’s Estate Bill Committee No.23 30 Mar 1886 26 May 1886 1 month 27 days
Parramatta Public Baths Bill Committee No.37 14 May 1886 10 Jun 1886 28 days
Claim of Matthew McIvor to a Tinmine at Pheasants Creek Committee No.58 23 Jul 1886 27 Aug 1886 1 month 5 days
Electric Light in Parliamentary Buildings Committee No.63 27 Aug 1886 25 Oct 1886 1 month 29 days
Evan McIntosh’s Conditional Purchase at Currabubula Committee No.8 04 Dec 1885 25 Oct 1886 10 months 22 days
Cornwell’s Estate Bill Committee No.10 11 Dec 1885 26 Oct 1886 10 months 16 days
Claim of E.Blakeney v.Pegus Committee No.22 17 May 1887 07 Jun 1887 22 days Chairman
West Wallsend and Monk Wearmouth Act Amendment Bill Committee No.27 09 Jun 1887 16 Jun 1887 8 days
Tramway from Kogarah to Sans Souci Committee No.9 22 Mar 1887 13 Jul 1887 3 months 22 days
Claim of Mrs Butterley Committee No.5 21 Sep 1887 12 Nov 1887 1 month 23 days
Christian Chapel Lands Sale Bill Committee No.30 25 Nov 1887 14 Dec 1887 20 days
Redhead Coal-mine Railway Act Amending Bill Committee No.36 20 Dec 1887 15 Feb 1888 1 month 27 days
Broken Hill Tramway Bill Committee No.28 17 Nov 1887 28 Feb 1888 3 months 12 days
Purchase by the Government of land adjoining the Australasian Steam Navigation Company’s Wharf Committee No.10 28 Sep 1887 29 Feb 1888 5 months 2 days Chairman
Parramatta Municipal Quarries Bill Committee No.47 01 Mar 1888 22 Mar 1888 22 days
Parramatta, Church street, Amended Alignment Bill Committee No.48 01 Mar 1888 22 Mar 1888 22 days
Hunter street, Newcastle, Extension Bill Committee No.46 29 Feb 1888 03 May 1888 2 months 5 days
Sydney and Suburban Hydraulic Power Company’s Bill Committee No.57 02 May 1888 06 Jun 1888 1 month 5 days
Church and Perkin Streets, Newcastle Bill Committee No.17 11 Oct 1887 24 Jul 1888 9 months 14 days
Practice of Medicine and Surgery Committee No.15 11 Oct 1887 24 Jul 1888 9 months 14 days
The Chinese Committee No.37 20 Dec 1887 24 Jul 1888 7 months 5 days
Silkstone Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.14 19 Dec 1888 15 Jan 1889 28 days
Work of Unemployed on Roads at Hornsby and Holt Sutherland Estate Committee No.7 15 Nov 1888 16 Jan 1889 2 months 2 days
Bulli Colliery Disaster Fund Bill Committee No.8 20 Nov 1888 17 Jan 1889 1 month 29 days Chairman
Toronto Tramway Bill Committee No.7 04 Apr 1889 11 Apr 1889 8 days
Warwick Farm Railway Bill Committee No.17 11 Jun 1889 25 Jun 1889 15 days
Stockton Gas and Electricity Bill Committee No.24 10 Jul 1889 19 Jul 1889 10 days
Sydney and Suburban Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.14 31 May 1889 10 Oct 1889 4 months 10 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 27 Nov 1889 21 Dec 1889 25 days
Trades Conciliation Bill Committee No.53 17 Apr 1888 02 Oct 1890 2 years 5 months 16 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 30 Apr 1890 03 Dec 1890 7 months 4 days
Broken Hill Water Works Bill Committee No.33 16 Sep 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 months 5 days
Cook’s River Road Tramways Bill Committee No.26 21 Aug 1890 20 Dec 1890 4 months
Early Closing Bill Committee No.42 14 Nov 1890 20 Dec 1890 1 month 7 days
Land corner Pitt and Bridge Streets Committee No.21 24 Jun 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 months 27 days
Standing Orders Committee No.2 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
Borough of Newcastle Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.12 20 Aug 1891 03 Sep 1891 15 days
Yongaleatha Marble, Flag and Flux Company Bill Committee No.17 01 Sep 1891 03 Sep 1891 3 days
Simpson’s Railway Bill Committee No.19 08 Sep 1891 24 Nov 1891 2 months 17 days
Standing Orders Committee No.2 28 Jul 1891 01 Apr 1892 8 months 5 days
Standing Orders Committee No.5 05 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 14 days
Scottish Australian Mining Company (Limited) Railway Bill Committee No.8 11 Oct 1892 23 Nov 1892 1 month 13 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 27 Sep 1893 08 Dec 1893 2 months 12 days
Working of Collieries Committee No.11 13 Mar 1894 19 Apr 1894 1 month 7 days
Children’s Protection Act Amendment Bill Committee No.9 20 Feb 1894 05 Jun 1894 3 months 17 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 23 Jan 1894 11 Jun 1894 4 months 20 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Cabinet maker and undertaker. Educated in Sydney. Apprenticed to John Hill & Sons, cabinet makers. Journeyed to Melbourne in 1867 and became an undertaker at Brunswick and a cabinet maker at Richmond. Returned to Sydney c.1874. Bankrupt in 1894 and discharged in 1895. Chairman of Working Men's Defence Association in New South Wales 1870s. Freemason. Worshipful Master of Southern Cross Lodge. Orangeman. Member of Temperance Orders; associated with Good Templars. Rechabites and Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Newtown from 1879. Mayor 1882. Alderman at Ashfield and Summer Hill from 1895 until 1897. Mayor 1896.
Personal
Son of Ninian Melville, ex convict and cabinetmaker, and Catherine Hayes. Married (1) Martha Heaton in 1862. Married (2) Mary Brooks on 29 December 1868 at Hawthorn, Melbourne. Primitive Methodist.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Ninian Melville - papers, 1880 - 1968 (MLMSS 1582)