Francis Abigail

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Francis Abigail
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly
Member of Parliament
for West Sydney
In office
Personal details
Born (1840-01-16)January 16, 1840
London, England
Died July 23, 1921(1921-07-23) (aged 81)
Ashfield, New South Wales
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Wenner (married 1861)
Children 12
Parents William Abigail
Hannah Coney

Francis Abigail (1840–1921) was politician and Justice of the Peace from New South Wales, Australia.

Early life[edit]

Francis Abigail was the son of William Abigail. In 1860, he immigrated to Sydney and was married the following year.


He served as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for West Sydney from 1880 to June 1891. He later served as Minister of Mines in Sir Henry Parkes' Administration from 20 January 1887, to 10 January 1889.

Public service[edit]

He was a Justice of the Peace for the colonies of New South Wales and Victoria.

Abigail was a member of the New South Wales Commission for the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition of 1888. In 1890, he was a member of the Exhibition of Mining and Metallurgy, held at the Crystal Palace. That same year, he visited England and the various Orange bodies in England and the north of Ireland. While in London, he gave evidence before the Royal Commission on Mines.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Abigail, Francis". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  2. ^ "Mr Francis ABIGAIL (1840 - 1921)". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ Walsh, G.P. (1969). "Abigail, Francis (1840–1921)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 3. Canberra: Australian National University.