Thomas Plunkett, senior

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Thomas Plunkett
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Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Albert
In office
17 May 1888 21 March 1896
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded by Robert Collins
In office
18 March 1899 5 February 1908
Preceded by Robert Collins
Succeeded by John Appel
Personal details
Born
Thomas Plunkett

April 1840
Arrigal, County Meath, Ireland
Died2 September 1913 (aged 73)
Sandgate, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Tambourine Cemetery
Nationality Irish Australian
Political partyOpposition
Other political
affiliations
Ministerial
Spouse(s)Maria Ryan (m.1866 d.1939)
Relations Thomas Flood Plunkett (son)
OccupationFarmer

Thomas Plunkett (April 1840 – 2 September 1913) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. [1]

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Biography

Plunkett was born in Arrigal, County Meath, the son of John Plunkett and his wife Catherine (née Flood). He was educated privately and at the local school before sailing to Queensland aboard the Fiery Star in 1863. In 1866 he selected farmland which he named "Waterford" at Logan. In 1870 he then acquired land at Tamborine where he engaged in and 2000 acres at Kerry and Logan Village where he took up dairy farming and crop growing. [1] Later on he established a general store in the area. [2]

County Meath County in the Republic of Ireland

County Meath is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the Mid-East Region. It is named after the historic Kingdom of Meath. Meath County Council is the local authority for the county. At the 2016 census, the population of the county was 195,044. The county town of Meath is Navan. Other towns in the county include Trim, Kells, Laytown, Ashbourne, Dunboyne, and Slane.

Selection referred to "free selection before survey" of crown land in some Australian colonies under land legislation introduced in the 1860s. These acts were intended to encourage closer settlement, based on intensive agriculture, such as wheat-growing, rather than extensive agriculture, such as wool production. Selectors often came into conflict with squatters, who already occupied the land and often managed to circumvent the law.

Logan City Local government area in Queensland, Australia

Logan City is a local government area situated within the south of the Brisbane metropolitan area in South East Queensland, Australia. Situated between the City of Brisbane to the north and the City of Gold Coast to the south, the City also borders the Scenic Rim Region, the City of Ipswich, and Redland City LGAs. Logan City is divided into 70 suburbs and 12 divisions, for which a councillor is elected to each of the latter.

On 2 May 1866 Plunkett married Maria Ryan [1] (died 1939) [3] at St Stephen's Cathedral [2] in Brisbane and together had four sons and four daughters. [1] He died at the residence of one of his daughters at Sandgate and his body was taken to South Brisbane railway station to be transported to Logan Village and later, the Tambourine Cemetery. [4]

Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane cathedral

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Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

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Sandgate, Queensland Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Sandgate is a coastal suburb in Brisbane, Australia, 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the Brisbane CBD. The town became a popular escape for the people of Brisbane in the early 20th century. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 4,909.

Public career

Plunkett won the new seat of Albert at the 1888 Queensland colonial election, [5] but was defeated by Robert Collins in 1896. [6] He regained the seat three years later [7] and held it until he retired from politics in 1908. [1]

Electoral district of Albert state electoral district of Queensland, Australia

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Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland between 28 April 1888 and 26 May 1888 to elect the members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

Robert Martin Collins

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Plunkett was a Member of the Colonists' Anti-Convention Bill League and campaigned vigorously against federation. His son, Thomas Flood Plunkett, was a long serving member of the Queensland Parliament having represented the seats of Albert and Darlington. [1]

Darlington was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Queensland. It was created in 1949 largely from the former Electoral district of Albert and was replaced in 1959 by the Electoral district of Logan.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  2. 1 2 Plunkett, Thomas (1840–1913)Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. Family history researchQueensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  4. "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier (17, 360). Queensland, Australia. 3 September 1913. p. 4. Retrieved 4 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "The General Election". The Brisbane Courier . XLIV, (9, 467). Queensland, Australia. 18 May 1888. p. 6. Retrieved 4 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  6. "General Election". The Brisbane Courier . LII, (11, 915). Queensland, Australia. 23 March 1896. p. 6. Retrieved 4 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  7. "The Elections". The Brisbane Courier . LV, (12, 850). Queensland, Australia. 20 March 1899. p. 6. Retrieved 4 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Albert
1888–1896
Succeeded by
Robert Collins
Preceded by
Robert Collins
Member for Albert
1899–1908
Succeeded by
John Appel