Alfred Cowley

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The Hon
Sir Alfred Cowley
Portrait of Sir Alfred Sandlings Cowley.jpg
Speaker of the Queensland Parliament
In office
25 May 1893 – 15 February 1899
Preceded by Albert Norton
Succeeded by Arthur Morgan
Constituency Herbert
In office
17 September 1903 – 11 April 1907
Preceded by Arthur Morgan
Succeeded by John Leahy
Constituency Herbert
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Herbert
In office
12 May 1888 – 18 May 1907
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by William Lennon
Personal details
Born (1848-04-24)24 April 1848
Fairford, Gloucestershire, England
Died 1 December 1926(1926-12-01) (aged 78)
Brisbane, Queensland
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality English
Political party Ministerialist
Spouse(s) Marie Campbell
Occupation Company director, Sugarcane farmer

Sir Alfred Sandlings Cowley (24 April 1848 – 1 December 1926)[1] was a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Sir Alfred Sandlings Cowley on a horse, manager's house, Hamleigh sugar plantation, circa 1887

Cowley was born in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Isaac Cowley and Charlotte his wife. When still a boy he accompanied his parents to Natal, South Africa.[2] He served an apprenticeship to the building and engineering trade, making the erection of sugar machinery a specialty; but he subsequently became an agriculturist, and was for three years engaged in cultivating sugar and coffee. Early in 1871 Cowley left Natal for the Australian colonies, and was a resident of New South Wales for over two years, part of which time he was in charge of a central sugar-mill on the Macleay River.[2]

Cowley resided in the Maryborough district of Queensland for three years, during which time he was engaged in the cultivation and manufacture of sugar. After that Cowley settled in the Lower Herbert district, and was actively employed in the sugar industry.[2]

Cowley was married at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, on 24 July 1880, to Miss Marie Campbell.[2]


Sir Alfred Cowley in the speakers chair in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, circa 1906

Cowley was a member of the Hinchinbrook Divisional Board and was its chairman from 1883 to 1886.[3]

Cowley was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in the electoral district of Herbert on 12 May 1888, and on the formation of the GriffithMcIlwraith Government in August 1890 was appointed Secretary for Public Lands and Agriculture, and sworn of the Executive Council. He served as Speaker from 1893 to 1899 and from 1903 to 1907. He was knighted in 1904. His parliamentary service ended on 18 May 1907 when he was defeated in the 1907 election.[4][5][6]

Later life[edit]

Sir Alfred Cowley

Cowley died on 1 December 1926 at his residence Silky Oaks in Cross Street, Toowong, Brisbane and was buried on 2 December in the Toowong Cemetery.[1][7][8][9]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b Saunders, Kay. "Cowley, Sir Alfred Sandlings (1848–1926)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Cowley, Hon. Alfred Sandlings". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ List of Chairmen and Council Members. Hinchinbrook Shire Council. 
  4. ^ "Part 2.19 - Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Record 2012-2015: The 54th Parliament. Queensland Parliament. 
  5. ^ "Part 2.21 - Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860-2015" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Record 2012-2015: The 54th Parliament. Queensland Parliament. 
  6. ^ "Cowley, Sir Alfred Sandlings". Re-Member Database. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "SIR ALFRED COWLEY". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 2 December 1926. p. 12. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 7 December 1926. p. 12. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Brisbane City Council – Online – Grave Location Search". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Albert Norton
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
Arthur Morgan
Preceded by
Arthur Morgan
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
John Leahy
New seat Member for Herbert
Succeeded by
William Lennon