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Fraser, Simon

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Birth Date: 1824 (Inverness, Scotland)

Death Date: 8 January 1889 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Alexander Fraser and Janet

Family: Lucy Ann Simpson in London on 5 September 1856, 3 sons, 5 daughters

Education: Educated at Inverness

Religion: Congregational


Founded auctioneering firm of Fraser & Buckland, land and commission agents, stock, station and produce brokers

Party Positions:

  1. (NONE) Chairman of Committees, 14 Jan 1884 - 4 Apr 1888

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Town Of Brisbane 26 Sep 1868 17 Aug 1870
Assembly NONE Bundamba 29 Nov 1873 19 Nov 1878
Assembly NONE Brisbane South 6 Apr 1880 12 May 1888

Additional Information

Notes: He supported land legislation and railway extension which aimed at settling small farmers and free, secular, compulsory education to primary level. As a member of the Board of Education in 1874, Fraser believed that Queensland should be able to offer a university education but maintained that the government should not subsidise secondary or advanced education since this would not promote self-reliance and independence; Founder, Brisbane Sunday School Union

Sources: Bell, Jacqueline, Carter, M, 'Fraser, Simon (1824-1889)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.4, Melbourne University Press, 1972, pp 216-217; Brisbane Courier, 9 January 1889; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 12 July 2017]