Edward William Terrick Hamilton
He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated with a BA in 1832 and M.A. in 1835. He was made a fellow of the college in 1834. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1832.
New South Wales
Hamilton decided not to take up a legal career, instead choosing to take up "pastoralism" or the raising of livestock in New South Wales, with the aim of making a sufficient fortune to return to England and live as a gentleman of leisure. In 1839 he purchased a cattle and sheep station near Cassilis, New South Wales with his cousin, Captain H G Hamilton, RN and friend George Clive. He moved to New South Wales in February 1840 to manage the station, and remained there for 15 years. He was nominated to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1843. He resigned from the body in 1846 but was reappointed in 1848, serving until 1850. He married Ann Thacker of Berkshire and New South Wales in August 1844. In 1851 he was appointed the first provost of the University of Sydney, resigning in 1854.
Return to England
In January 1855 Hamilton returned to England, having sold his shares in the livestock stations. He was appointed chairman of the London-based Australian Agricultural Company in 1857, a position he held until his death. He was also appointed chairman of the Bank of Australasia.
Member of parliament
At the 1865 general election Hamilton was elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom as one of two members of parliament for the City of Salisbury. In August 1869 Hamilton resigned his parliamentary seat.
Hamilton continued with his business activities until his death. He maintained his links with New South Wales, and was the colony's representative agent in London for some years. He made his home at Charters, Sunningdale, Berkshire, and was appointed High Sheriff in 1879. He died there in 1898 survived by 2 sons and 6 daughters.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Edward William Terrick Hamilton". Senate Fellows. University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "Hamilton, Edward William Terrick (1809–1898)". Obituaries Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- Robertson, J R. "Hamilton, Edward William Terrick (1809–1898)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "Election Intelligence. Salisbury". The Times. 4 August 1869. p. 5.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Hamilton
|Provost of the University of Sydney
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Matthew Henry Marsh
Edward Pery Buckley
|Member of Parliament for Salisbury
With: Matthew Henry Marsh 1865-1868
John Alfred Lush 1868-1869
John Alfred Lush
|High Sheriff of Berkshire
Robert Burn Blyth