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Amhurst, Francis Tyssen

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Birth Date: 27 September 1842 (Framlingham, Suffolk, England)

Death Date: 3 January 1881 (At sea on S.S. Bokhara)

Parents: William George Amhurst and Mary (nee Fountaine)

Education: Eton College; Christ Church University, Oxford


Barrister, Inner Temple; Owner, Foulden Sugar Plantation, Mackay, 1875

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Bowen 14 May 1875 24 Mar 1877 By-election
Assembly NONE Mackay 14 Nov 1878 3 Jan 1881 Died in Office

Additional Information

Notes: Amhurst came from a wealthy family. His elder brother was a large proprietor and the member for West Norfolk. On leaving Oxford, Amhurst travelled overseas to Algeria, Norway and America for a year or two before being called to the Bar of the Inner Temple. The information of personal friends about sugar growing in Mackay lured Amhurst to Queensland. He arrived in Queensland in 1872 and purchased Foulden estate, a fine sugar property. Before Amhurst died he had been in bad health. Hoping that a change would be benefical to his health, he boarded the SS Bokhara to return to England. On 3 January, and while at sea, Amhurst passed away

Sources: Image courtesy of Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Image No.00492; Manning, KW, In their own hands: A North Queensland Sugar Story (Farleigh: Farleigh Co-op Sugar Milling Association Ltd., 1983); Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001); Brisbane Courier, 10 February 1881; Burke, Sir Bernard, Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage together with Memoirs of the Privy Councillors and Knights (London: Harrison and Sons, 1895), 57th edition

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