Boyd Dunlop Morehead

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The Honourable
Boyd Dunlop Morehead
Boyd Dunlop Morehead 2 - Queensland politician.jpg
10th Premier of Queensland
In office
30 November 1888 – 12 August 1890
Preceded by Sir Thomas McIlwraith
Succeeded by Samuel Griffith
Constituency Balonne
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mitchell
In office
4 September 1871 – 30 December 1880
Preceded by John Killeen Handy
Succeeded by Oscar de Satge
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Balonne
In office
5 October 1883 – 11 November 1896
Preceded by Jacob Low
Succeeded by George Story
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
31 December 1880 – 3 August 1883
In office
10 June 1896 – 30 October 1905
Personal details
Born (1843-08-24)24 August 1843
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 30 October 1905(1905-10-30) (aged 62)
Brisbane, Queensland,
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Ministerialist
Spouse(s) Annabella Campbell Ranken (m.1873 d.1890)
Ethel Seymour (m.1895 d.1952)
Relations P. L. Travers (niece)
Children 1

Boyd Dunlop Morehead (24 August 1843 – 30 October 1905) was a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was Premier of Queensland from November 1888 to June 1890.

Early life[edit]

Boyd Morehead was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the second son and child of two sons and two daughters (and the only son to reach full adulthood) of businessman Robert Archibald Alison Morehead and his wife Helen Buchanan, née Dunlop. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and matriculated at University of Sydney in 1860. He, however, did not continue at the university but joined the Bank of New South Wales, where he obtained some training in finance. He then entered the service of the Australian Investments Company and as a station inspector visited Queensland in 1866.

In 1873 he founded the well-known firm of B. D. Morehead and Company, general merchants, and stock and station agents, which afterwards became Moreheads Limited.

Political career[edit]

On 4 September 1871 (in the 1871 Queensland colonial election), Morehead was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the Mitchell electorate. He successfully held the seat in the 1873 and 1878 elections but resigned on 30 December 1880 in order to be appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council on 31 December 1880.[1]

In December 1880 he joined the first Thomas McIlwraith government as Postmaster-General and as the Government's Representative in the Legislative Council, until he resigned from the Legislative Council on 3 August 1883.[1]

On 5 October 1883, Morehead was re-elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in the seat of Balonne from October 1883 to April 1896. When Samuel Griffith came into power in November 1883, Morehead was appointed leader of the opposition and held this position for some years. McIlwraith became premier again in June 1888 with Morehead as colonial secretary.[1]

When McIlwraith resigned, Morehead succeeded him on 30 November 1888 as Premier of Queensland and colonial secretary. Morehead was an opponent of Women's suffrage[2] Morehead resigned 12 August 1890 and made a long visit to Europe.[1]

The 1893 financial crisis caused heavy losses for Morehead's share investments. Also in 1893 he declined the agent-generalship.

On 10 June 1896 Morehead was re-appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council.[3] He remained a member until his death on 30 October 1905.[1]


Boyd Dunlop Morehead's headstone at Toowong Cemetery

Morehead was married twice. His first wife was Annabella Campbell, née Ranken (died 1890),[4] whom he married at Lockyersleigh, Goulburn, on 4 June 1873, and with whom he had seven daughters. His second wife was Ethel, née Seymour (died 1952),[4] whom he married in Brisbane on 3 April 1895, and with whom he had one daughter.

His sister Margaret Goff née Morehead was the mother of Helen Lyndon Goff, who achieved fame as P. L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins.

Later life[edit]

Morehead died from a cerebral haemorrhage on 30 October 1905 at a private hospital in Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. His funeral proceeded from Valmore, the Wooloowin home of his son-in-law, Orme Darvall, to the Toowong Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860–2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Centenary of Queensland Women' Suffrage
  3. ^ "THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 11 June 1896. p. 5. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Family history researchNew South Wales Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Family Notices.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 31 October 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas McIlwraith
Premier of Queensland
1888 – 1890
Succeeded by
Samuel Griffith
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Killeen Handy
Member for Mitchell
Succeeded by
Oscar de Satge
Preceded by
Jacob Low
Member for Balonne
1883 – 1896
Succeeded by
George Story