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Buckley, Henry

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Birth Date: 21 June 1813 (Yorkshire, England)

Death Date: 14 April 1888 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Benjamin Buckley and Martha (nee Becket)

Family: Susannah Abbotts on 3 March 1838 in Sydney, 1 daughter

Education: Moravian Boys' Boarding School, Fairfield, Manchester

Religion: Church of England


Sailed as merchant from Liverpool to Sydney in 1834; Engaged in pastoral pursuits on Arrable Station, Monaro, 1837 to 1844; Established a wine and spirits business in Sydney in 1844; Bought share in WE Rowland's china and glass warehouse; Business manager, Australasian Steam Navigation Co., Brisbane, in 1849; General insurance and shipping agent in Brisbane in 1854; Opened a flour mill in Sydney in 1857 while attending parliament; First Auditor-General in Queensland in 1860; Appointed accountant in insolvency, 1874 to 1888; Justice of the Peace

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE East Moreton 17 May 1860 29 Sep 1860

Other Seats: Member of the Legislative Assembly (NSW), STANLEY COUNTY, 9 Apr 1856 to 11 Apr 1859

Additional Information

Notes: He was active in local affairs, including the separation of Queensland. In June 1867 he was declared insolvent himself. He tended his resignation as Auditor-General to Premier Macalister but the letter of resignation was returned to him; New Premier Mackenzie suggested to Buckley that the previous letter of resignation be placed before parliament. Treasurer Stephens was assured that it was a fresh resignation so it was accepted. Buckley petitioned against this decision. A select committee on his petition found that no absolute resignation was given, so he was illegally deprived of the office of Auditor-General. The report was rejected by parliament on 15 July 1869. A select committee inquired into the management of the Auditor-General's department. It found that he had carried out his duties with ability and in a zealous and faithful manner; The committee unsuccessfully recommended that his services should not be overlooked and that his claims for re-employment should be considered

Sources: Imaged courtesy of the Parliament of New South Wales; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001); O'Keeffe, Mary, 'Buckley, Henry (1813-1888)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.3, Melbourne University Press, 1969

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