John Langdon Parsons
Parsons was born on 28 April 1837 at Botathan near Launceston, Cornwall. Member of the South Australian House of Assembly for Encounter Bay, 1878 to 1881, and North Adelaide 1881 to 1884, Minister of education from 1881-84. He was the first Minister for the Northern Territory, 1890-93. He was instrumental in the development of railways in the Territory, and he also recognised Aboriginal land rights. Parsons was consul for Japan from 1896-1903. Member for the Central district in the South Australian Legislative Council, 1901-1903.
His son was the politician and judge Sir Herbert Angas Parsons.
- "John Langdon Parsons". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia.
- "John Langdon Parsons (1837-1903)," Australian Dictionary of Biography.