Atkin, Robert Travers


Atkin, Robert Travers
Birth Date: 29 November 1841 (Fernhill, Clonakilty, County Cork)
Death Date: 25 May 1872 (Sandgate, Queensland)
Parents: William Francis Atkin and Alice Hungerford (nee Stewart)
Family: Mary Elizabeth Ruck in London in 1863, 4 sons
Education: Educated privately in France
Religion: Church of England


Held commission of lieutenant in the Shropshire Volunteer Corps; Arrived in Queensland in 1865 and took up a selection of land near Rockhampton; Became editor of the Guardian; Founded Queensland Express in partnership with WC Belbridge in August 1868; Established the Queensland Colonist in 1871

Parliamentary Representation

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Clermont 1 Oct 1868 29 Jan 1869
Assembly NONE East Moreton 17 Feb 1870 7 Mar 1872 By-election

Additional Information

Notes: The eldest son, James Richard (1867-1944), became Baron Atkin of Aberdovey and a judge on the King's Bench. Lord Atkin's leading judgement in one of the most important cases of the common law world, Donoghue v Stevenson in 1832, established the general duty of care in negligence
Sources: Image courtesy of the Supreme Court Library of Queensland; Carney, Gerard, `Lord Atkin - his Queensland origins'; Morrison, AA, Atkin, Robert Travers (1841-1872), Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.3, Melbourne University Press, 1969, p. 58; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)
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