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Baynes, William Henry

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Birth Date: 1833 (England)

Death Date: 4 September 1898 (Batavia, Netherland East Indies)

Parents: William Baynes

Family: Sarah Robinson, 3 sons


Butcher; Wool scourer

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Burnett 28 Nov 1878 1 Oct 1883

Additional Information

Notes: Baynes moved to Queensland in 1859 and joined Isaac and Hugh Moore on Barambah station in the Burnett district and on Condamine Plains on the Darling Downs. He was one of the pioneers of the meat-preserving industry and has seen the trade develop from its very beginning. He established a butchering business in South Brisbane in 1859 and expanded to wholesale trade. In 1881 he introduced a Selectors Relief Bill, which failed to pass. In 1880, with his brothers, Baynes established the Graziers Butchering Co. and the Graziers Meat Export Co. The companies were sold in 1885 to a new partnership of the three Baynes sons (Harry, George and Ernest) and George Hooper, who was replaced in 1888 by John V. Francis. The firm undertook meat preserving in leased premises at Queensport and had nearly 30 suburban shops as well as a plant at Belmont for fellmongering, wool scouring and soap making. It also operated a factory at South Brisbane to supply cooperage, saddlery and vehicles. The business seemed prosperous, but the four inexperienced partners were soon in trouble from incompetent accounting and excessive personal drawings. In 1894 they registered the Graziers Butchering and Meat Export Co. Ltd with power to take over the assets of the two older companies, which in 1897 they allowed to become insolvent. Baynes sons were bankrupt for a time but were discharged in March 1898 and immediately registered a new firm, Baynes Bros. George left the firm in 1899 and Ernest in 1912. With a new partner John Stitt, Harry reorganised the firm in 1918 as Baynes Ltd. He had just concluded a successful business arrangement with the Netherlands-India government

Sources: Crouchley, Betty, Gibbney, HJ, 'Baynes, Harry (1858-1920)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp.221-222; The Queenslander, 10 September 1898; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

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