George Henry Bennett

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George Henry Bennett (1850 Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland – 8 September 1908 Richmond, Victoria, Australia) was a brewer and a politician.

Bennett emigrated to Australia in 1855.

He managed the Victoria Sugar Co. and later, with a partner, owned Excelsior Brewery, a porterbrewing business. Excelsior Brewery operated in Collingwood and Richmond. As larger brewers took over the local market, Excelsior moved to manufacturing aerated waters and cordials at Richmond. He took over sole control of the company from August 1883.

In 1880 Bennett was elected to the Richmond town council and, in turn, was elected Mayor in 1886. As Mayor he was also elected as the second President of the fledgling Richmond Football Club, commencing with the 1887 season. He held this post for the next twenty-two years until his death. During his tenure the club won its first two Victorian Football Association premierships and gained admittance to the more powerful Victorian Football League.

A liberal and protectionist, he was elected to the seat of Richmond in the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1889 and was then re-elected at the next seven elections.

Bennett died of pneumonia at his home on 8 September 1908. He was survived by his wife, Jessie, and two of their three daughters.

His bust stands outside the Richmond Town Hall.

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