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RE-MEMBER (FORMER MEMBERS)
Sir William Henry Fancourt Mitchell
- November 1811 (Leicester, Leicestershire, England)
- 24 November 1884
- Rev. George Berkeley and Penelope, nee Fancourt
Religion: Church of England
Marital Status: 21 Aug 1841 Hobart, Christina Templeton; 2s. 7d.
Pastoralist and government officer
William Mitchell was born in Leicester, England, and arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1833 as a writer in the Executive Council's Office; acting colonial secretary in 1837 and assistant colonial secretary in 1839; grazier at Barfold station near Kyneton (which he selected the site for in 1848); 1853 to 1855 was chief commissioner of police; travelled to England in 1854-55; on his return in 1856 elected to the Legislative Council for the North-Western Province until 1858, serving as postmaster-general in 1857-58. He returned to parliament less than a year later when he was elected at a by-election for the North-Western Province in 1859. In 1861-63 he was minister for railways and roads, and he became President of the Legislative Council in 1870. Mitchell remained as President until his death at Barfold in 1884. He remained always a strongly conservative and resolute defender of the Legislative Council.
|Legislative Council||Office-bearing nominee||1 August 1853||29 November 1853||Resigned|
|Legislative Council||North Western||1 November 1856||1 October 1858|
|Legislative Council||North Western||1 January 1870||3 December 1882||By-election|
|Legislative Council||Northern||3 December 1882||1 November 1884|
*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography, 5; Adams, N., "Saxon Sheep", Melbourne, 1961 (fiction). Jones, Catherine & Victoria. Parliamentary Library. Library Committee (1986). "Presiding officers of the Victorian Parliament 1856-1986." Victorian Government Printing Office on behalf of the Library Committee, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne. 'Police Life' November 1980.
Last updated: 14th August 2019