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Adams, Walter

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Birth Date: 22 November 1830 (Yeovil, Somerset, England)

Death Date: 15 May 1892 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Parents: George Adams and Sarah

Family: Mary Shannon in Gayndah, Queensland on 20 March 1854, 2 sons, 6 daughters

Education: Attended school at Somerton, Yeovil

Religion: Roman Catholic


Arrived in Sydney in 1849; Worked as a blacksmith in Maitland, Gayndah and Maryborough; Farmed a selection 1860-69; Set up as publican and public works contractor, Bundaberg 1872; By 1877 succeeded as sugar planter and refiner

Local Government Service: Alderman and Chairman of Works Committee, Maryborough Municipal Council, Feb 1867 to Feb 1872; Alderman, Bundaberg Municipal Council, 1881 to 1886 and Mayor 1882 to 1883

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Mulgrave 10 Jul 1886 5 May 1888 By-election
Assembly NONE Bundaberg 5 May 1888 15 May 1892 Died in Office

Additional Information

Notes: President, Bundaberg Hospital Committee and Hibernian Society, School of Arts and Progress Company also Chamber of Commerce

Sources: Photograph courtesy of Richard Connor; RL Connor and JK Connor, Bundaberg's Beginnings: The Endeavours of Its Very Early Pioneers with particular reference to Walter Adams MLA (Brisbane: Watson Ferguson & Company, 2012); Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Tuesday, 8 November 2016]