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Ramsay, Robert

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Birth Date: 19 March 1818 (London, England)

Death Date: 5 July 1910 (Howletts, England)

Parents: Captain Robert Ramsay and Margaret (nee Cruikshank)

Family: Susan Lindsay Carnegie on 18 April 1855, 5 sons, 3 daughters

Education: Edinburgh and Harrow

Religion: Church of England


Gained pastoral experience in New South Wales and Queensland; Took up Rosalie Plains on the Darling Downs in April 1848; Was joined by Louis Hope in July 1848 and acquired Cooyar, Lagoon Creek Downs, Kilcoy and others; Dissolved partnership in 1866 and bought a share in Hodgson's Eton Vale run near Toowoomba

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Western Downs 18 Jun 1867 6 Nov 1873 Resigned
Council NONE Legislative Council 2 Jan 1874 14 Jun 1877 Seat declared vacant

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Minister without Office 28 Mar 1871 8 Jan 1874
Colonial Treasurer 3 May 1870 28 Mar 1871

Additional Information

Notes: A parish and school near Toowoomba are named after him

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:16710; Waterson, DB, 'Ramsay, Robert (1818-1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, pp 4-5; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 23 August 2017]