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Robert Kermode

Robert Quayle Kermode
Robert Kermode by Henry Mundy, 1840
Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Longford
In office
Preceded byAlexander Clerke
Succeeded byWilliam Weston
Personal details
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Died4 May 1870 (aged 58)
Ross, Tasmania (presumed)
Resting placeRoss, Tasmania
NationalityUnited Kingdom British

Robert Quayle Kermode (1812 – 4 May 1870) was a British politician. He was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council and the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the 1850s and 1860s.[1] In 1852 Godfrey Mundy claimed Kermode to be the richest Manxman in the world, in his book Our Antipodes. Kermode's mansion, Mona Vale, itself was at the time the largest house in Australia.[2][3]


Kermode was born on the Isle of Man. His parents were William Kermode (1780–1852), a merchant and settler from the Isle of Man, and Margaret Kermode (née Quayle).[1] Kermode arrived in Van Diemen's Land with his father in 1827 and married his wife, Martha, daughter of Thomas Archer in November 1839.[1] Kermode was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for the Electoral division of Campbell Town from 28 October 1851 to 1852 and for the Electoral division of Longford from 10 October 1856 until resigning in 1857.[4] Kermode was then a member of the Assembly for Ringwood from 16 May 1857 to 1859 and again from 17 June 1861 to 1862.[4] Then Kermode represented the Electoral division of North Esk from 13 June 1864 until retiring on 18 July 1868.[4] Kermode died on 4 May 1870, at the age of 58.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Cameron, E. J. "Kermode, Robert Quayle (1812–1870)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ Jupp, James (2001). The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins (1st ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 591. ISBN 9780521807890. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ Godfrey, Mundy (1852). Our Antipodes; Or, Residence and Rambles in the Australian Colonies: With a Glimpse of the Gold Fields, Volume 3. R. Bentley. p. 283. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Kermode, Robert Quayle". Members of the Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Obituary – Robert Quayle Kermode – Obituaries Australia". Retrieved 7 June 2022.
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