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Richard Jones (1816–1892)

Richard Jones
7th Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales
In office
7 September 1857 – 3 January 1858
Preceded byStuart Donaldson
Succeeded byRobert Campbell
Personal details
Born(1816-10-14)14 October 1816
Liverpool
Died25 August 1892(1892-08-25) (aged 75)
Sydney

Richard Jones (14 October 1816 – 25 August 1892) was an Australian journalist, company director and politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1856 and 1860 and was the Colonial Treasurer for 118 days.

Early life

Jones was the son of a Liverpool innkeeper, but he was orphaned at a young age. He was educated in free schools and became an apprentice printer at age 15. Due to indifferent health, Jones emigrated to Sydney in 1838 and worked as a compositor. At this time he became interested in colonial politics and formed a friendship with Henry Parkes, a fellow liberal. In 1843 he established the Maitland Mercury,[1] which soon became one of the colony's leading newspapers. Jones was involved in numerous public organizations in the Maitland region including the anti-transportation league, Lower Hunter Agricultural Society and Maitland School of Arts.[2]

Jones returned to Sydney in 1855 and after retiring from politics became the chairman of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney. He was also a director of numerous other colonial companies including the Australian Gas Light Company.[2]

Colonial Parliament

Jones was unsuccessful in one attempt to enter the Legislative Council prior to the establishment of responsible self-government in 1856. However, at the first election under the new constitution he was elected to the Legislative Assembly as one of the three members for Durham.[1] He retained the seat until it was abolished at the 1859 election. He then represented the new seat of Hunter until his retirement from politics in 1860.[1] He was an active member of the Assembly and was a member of numerous committees.[3] He contributed significantly to the passage of reforms to the electoral act which allowed for a wide male franchise.

Government

Jones was New South Wales' Colonial Treasurer for 119 days during the term of the second government of Charles Cowper. The Governor, Sir William Denison, called on Jones to form a government when the premiership of William Forster collapsed in March 1860. However, Jones doubted his support in the assembly and recommended that the Governor give his commission to John Robertson. He retired from politics during the next month.

Business

Jones was chairman of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney for many years.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Jones, Richard" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ a b Guilford, Elizabeth. "Jones, Richard (1816–1892)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr Richard Jones [2] (1816–1892)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

 

New South Wales Legislative Assembly New assembly Member for Durham 1856 – 1859 With: William ArnoldSamuel Gordon District abolished New district Member for Hunter 1859 – 1860 Succeeded byIsidore Blake Political offices Preceded byStuart Donaldson Colonial Treasurer 1857 – 1858 Succeeded byRobert Campbell
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