Thomas Moffatt

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Thomas de Lacy Moffatt
Image of Thomas Moffatt
Member of Parliament
for Western Downs
In office
27 April 1860 – 2 October 1864[1]

Thomas de Lacy Moffatt (1826 – 2 October 1864), was a politician in colonial Queensland, and a Treasurer of Queensland.[2] His surname is also sometimes spelled "Moffat".

Early life[edit]

Moffatt was born in 1826 in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, the son of James Moffatt, the rector of Athlone, and his wife Elizabeth née Kellett.[3] He set out for Australia in 1844 and worked with his uncle, Captain R. G. Moffatt, a former magistrate and commander of the military police in Port Stephens[4] who by that time had turned his attention to agriculture and sheep farming.[5] He later moved north and became a squatter, establishing a station called "Callandoon" on the Darling Downs. He sold the station in 1849 and moved to the town of Drayton.[2]

Political career[edit]

Moffatt was elected to the first Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 27 April 1860 for the district of Western Downs.[2] Moffatt became Colonial Treasurer in the first Robert Herbert Ministry on 4 August 1862, and retained this post till his death on 2 October 1864.[6]


  1. ^ "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and of the Legislative Council 1860-1922". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Moffatt, Hon. Thomas de Lacy". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  3. ^ Kingston, Beverley. "Moffatt, Thomas de Lacy (1826–1864)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. 
  4. ^ In the Service of the Company: Letters of Sir Edward Parry, Commissioner to the Australian Agricultural Company. December 1829 - June 1832, Volume 1. ANU Press. 2005. p. ix. ISBN 9781920942298. 
  5. ^ "Australian Agricultural Company". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Moffatt, Thomas de Lacy". Former Members. Parliament of Queensland.