David Buchanan (politician)

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David Buchanan (1823 – 4 April 1890) was a barrister and politician in colonial New South Wales, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and later, the New South Wales Legislative Council.[1]

Buchanan was born in Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian, Scotland, the fifth son of William Buchanan, a barrister, and his wife Catherine, née Gregory.[1] Buchanan was educated at the Edinburgh High School.[2]

Buchanan emigrated to Australia in 1852,[2] and was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as member for Morpeth on 14 December 1860,[3] and represented East Macquarie, from 6 October 1864 to 1 August 1867).[3] He went to England in 1867, and entered at the Middle Temple in November of that year, being called to the bar in June 1869.[2] He then returned to New South Wales, and practised his profession,[2] being elected to the Legislative Assembly for East Sydney (3 December 1869 to 3 February 1872), and for Goldfields West (25 March 1872 to 12 October 1877).[3] Though outvoted at Mudgee in 1879,[2] he was ultimately declared duly elected on 6 January 1879, a seat he held until 7 October 1885.[3] Buchanan represented Central Cumberland from 15 May 1888 to 19 January 1889.[3]

As a politician Buchanan gained prominence by his sturdy championship of fiscal protection. He revisited England in 1886, and published a selection from his orations and speeches.[2] Having unsuccessfully contested Balmain at the general election in January 1889, he was nominated to the Legislative Council [2] on 27 February 1889, a position he held until his death.[3]


  1. ^ a b Rutledge, Martha. "Buchanan, David (1823–1890)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Buchanan, Hon. David". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Mr David BUCHANAN (1823 - 1890)". Parliament of New South Wales.