William Younghusband

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William Younghusband
Born 1819
Died May 1863 (aged 43–44)
Nationality Australian
  • Businessman
  • Politician
Known for

William Younghusband (1819 - 5 May 1863), was one of the promoters of the Murray River Steam Navigation Company, which enabled Captain Cadell in 1853 to win the £4000 bonus offered by the Government of South Australia for the initiation of steam communication on the Murray.

Political career[edit]

Having represented Stanley in the mixed South Australian Legislative Council for five years prior to the inauguration of responsible government in 1856, he was elected to the new Legislative Council, and was Chief Secretary in the Hanson Government from September 1857 to May 1860. This being the first stable administration formed subsequent to the disappearance of the old officials from public life, it fell to Mr. Younghusband to organise the various Government departments inaugurated under the new régime. This he did with consummate ability, and for many years the public business of the colony was transacted on the lines he laid down. Mr. Younghusband was a director of the Bank of Australasia, and retired from the Legislative Council by rotation in Feb. 1861.[1] He died at Rome on 5 May 1863.[2]


Younghusband Peninsula and the small town Younghusband on the River Murray are named after him.


  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Younghusband, William". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  2. ^ "Family Notices.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 13 July 1863. p. 2. Retrieved 1 June 2012.