Thomas Wilkinson (Australian politician)

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Thomas Wilkinson (6 April 1799 – 20 April 1881) was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. [1]

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, thus making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Geographically the smallest state on the Australian mainland, Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Victorian Legislative Council upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Victoria, Australia

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Wilkinson was born in Sunderland, and arrived in the Port Phillip District in April 1840 via Van Diemens Land having arrived there in 1833. [1] Wilkinson was the founder of the Portland Guardian newspaper. [2]

Port Phillip District administrative district of the Colony of New South Wales, which is now the Australian state of Victoria

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The Portland Guardian was a weekly newspaper published between 1842 and 1964 in the seaport town of Portland, Victoria, Australia. It was known as the Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser from 1842 to 1876.

On 10 September 1851, Wilkinson was elected as member for Portland in the first (unicameral) Victorian Legislative Council. [3] He was sworn-in November 1851 and held the seat until the original Council was abolished in March 1856. [1]

Electoral district of Portland (Victorian Legislative Council)

The Electoral district of Portland was an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Council (Australia).

Wilkinson died in Brunswick, Victoria, on 20 April 1881. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Wilkinson, Thomas". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  2. "Victoria". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 23 April 1881. p. 6. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. Labilliere, Francis Peter. Early History of the Colony of Victoria. II.
Victorian Legislative Council
New creation Member for Portland
10 September 1851 – March 1856
With: James Henty 1853–1856
Original Council
abolished