Sir Robert Mackenzie, 10th Baronet
|3rd Premier of Queensland|
15 August 1867 – 25 November 1868
|Preceded by||Robert Herbert|
|Succeeded by||Charles Lilley|
July 21, 1811|
Ross-shire, Scotland, UK
|Died||September 19, 1873
|Spouse(s)||Louisa Alexandrina Jones|
New South Wales
In April 1832 Mackenzie arrived on the Wave in Sydney, New South Wales, with £750 joining his brother James. He purchased sheep for £500 and grazed them at Riddlesdale (near Dungog, New South Wales). After land speculation with his brother James, Robert Mackenzie bought a station, got into debt and borrowed money from his Scottish relatives. His financial situation worsened and he was declared bankrupt in 1844. In 1846 he was discharged from bankruptcy and was appointed a magistrate in 1847, living in Clifton, New England.
Queensland was declared a separate colony in 1859, Mackenzie entered politics and became colonial treasurer on 18 December 1859 in the ministry of Robert Herbert. Mackenzie represented Burnett in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 1860–1869. Mackenzie formed a government on the resignation of Arthur Macalister, taking on the roles of premier and colonial treasurer. He resigned on 25 November 1868.
- R. B. Joyce, 'Mackenzie, Sir Robert Ramsay (1811 - 1873)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, MUP, 1974, pp 171–172.
Additional resources listed by the Australian Dictionary of Biography
- C. A. Bernays, Queensland Politics During Sixty Years (Brisb, 1919)
- J. F. Campbell, ‘Discovery and early pastoral settlement of New England’, JRAHS, 8 (1922)
- Brisbane Courier, 28 July 1862
- The Times (London), 24 September 1873, p 5
- P. D. Wilson, The Political Career of Hon. A. Macalister (B.A. Hons thesis, University of Queensland, 1969)
- Bankruptcy papers, 1250 (State Records New South Wales)
- Land and Colonial Secretary's files (Queensland State Archives).
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