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Kates, Francis Benjamin

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Birth Date: 1 July 1830 (Berlin, Prussia)

Death Date: 26 September 1903 (Dalveen, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Benjamin Kates and Henrietta

Family: Sarah Matthews in 1858 in London, 2 sons, 1 daughter

Education: Attended University College, Berlin

Religion: Church of England


Tutor, Moffat's College School, Brisbane and F. Bracker's Warroo Station, from 1859; Storekeeper, Allora, from 1863; Operated Allora Steam Flour Mills, 1871; Produce dealer and money lender; Operated and erected flour mills at Warwick (1886 - 1888), Toowoomba, Ipswich, Roma and Allora; Grazier at 'The Glen', Allora, 'Richmond Downs' at Roma and 'Strath Elbess' at Dalveen

Local Government Service: Alderman at Allora, then mayor 1869, 1874-1877, 1879 and 1882

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly MIN Darling Downs 26 Nov 1878 1 Nov 1881
Assembly MIN Darling Downs 1 Oct 1883 4 May 1888
Assembly IND Cunningham 11 Mar 1899 26 Sep 1903 Died in office

Additional Information

Notes: Director, Royal Bank of Queensland; Director, Queensland Mercentile Company

Sources: Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Tuesday, 8 August 2017]