Francis Dutton

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The Honourable
Francis Dutton
CMG
Francis Dutton.jpg
7th Premier of South Australia
In office
4 July 1863 – 15 July 1863
Monarch Victoria
Governor Sir Dominick Daly
Preceded by George Waterhouse
Succeeded by Sir Henry Ayers
Constituency Light
In office
22 March 1865 – 20 September 1865
Monarch Victoria
Governor Sir Dominick Daly
Preceded by Sir Arthur Blyth
Succeeded by Sir Henry Ayers
Personal details
Born 1818
Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony
Died 25 January 1877
London, United Kingdom

Francis Stacker Dutton CMG (1818 – 25 January 1877) was the seventh Premier of South Australia, serving twice, firstly in 1863 and again in 1865.[1]

History[edit]

Dutton was born at Cuxhaven, Germany, where his father was British vice-consul, in 1818. He was educated at Hofwyl College, near Bern in Switzerland, and afterwards at the high school at Bremen in Germany. At 17, he went to Brazil as a junior clerk and was there for about five years, in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

In 1839, he joined his older brothers Hampden, Pelham and Frederick[2] in Sydney, went overland to Melbourne, and followed mercantile pursuits for about 18 months, He then joined his brother Frederick at Adelaide and in 1842 or early in 1843, discovered copper at Kapunda, 45 miles north of Adelaide. He showed the specimen he had found to Captain Charles Bagot, who produced a similar specimen that his son had found in the same locality. The land was purchased and samples were sent to England, which showed a high percentage of copper. Dutton visited England in 1845 and sold his interest in the mine for a large sum. While in London, he prepared for publication his South Australia and its Mines, a work of 360 pages, a valuable contemporary account of the new colony published in 1846.

Dutton returned to South Australia in 1847 and in 1849, became a member of the Adelaide board of city commissioners. He was elected a member of the Legislative Council for East Adelaide in 1851 and sat until 1857, when he was elected to the House of Assembly as member for City of Adelaide (9 March 1857 to 18 March 1860) and then for Light (19 March 1860 to 22 Apr 1862; and 17 November 1862 to 28 September 1865).[3] He was Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration in the Hanson government from 30 September 1857 to 2 June 1859, and was premier from 4 to 15 July 1863.[3] He formed his second cabinet on 22 March 1865 and was premier and commissioner of public works until 20 September of the same year,[3] when he became agent-general in London for South Australia. He was a good linguist, able to speak French, German and Portuguese, and had an excellent knowledge of business which enabled him to carry out his duties with success until his death on 25 January 1877.

Recognition[edit]

Dutton was made a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1872.[1]

Dutton's Bluff, later Dutton Bluff, a hill some 66 km north-west of Quorn, was named for him[4] and the Victorian government botanist named Eremophila duttonii in his honour.[5][6]

Family[edit]

Dutton married Caroline MacDermott (ca.1822 – 1 June 1855), a daughter of Marshall MacDermott on 7 November 1849; they had two sons and a daughter:[1]

  • Francis "Frank" MacDermott Dutton (1850 – c. 9 May 1932)[7]
  • Caroline Birch Dutton (15 August 1852 – ) married barrister Charles T. Mitchell in 1878.
  • Sir Frederick Dutton (14 April 1855 – c. 10 October 1930), solicitor of Wilkins, Blyth, Dutton and Hartley, married Beatrice Aimee Bridger MBE (1863 – 1 August 1928) in 1883.[8]

William Hampden Dutton (1805–1849), pastoralist of Anlaby Station and miner at Kapunda, was a brother, as was pastoralist and parliamentarian Frederick Hansborough Dutton (1812–1890).

Note: William Dutton (1811–1878), sometimes referred to as "William Pelham Dutton", ship's captain, whaler and pioneer of Portland, Victoria, was not closely related. Author Geoffrey Dutton, great-grandson of W. H. Dutton, warned against this confusion in his article on F. S. Dutton in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dutton, Geoffrey. "Dutton, Francis Stacker (1818–1877)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Franois S. Dutton". Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 February 1877. p. 13. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mr Francis Dutton". Parliament of South Australia. 
  4. ^ "Nomenclature of South Australia". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 23 May 1908. p. 10. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Chinnock, R.J. (Bob) (2007). Eremophila and allied genera : a monograph of the plant family Myoporaceae (1st ed.). Dural, NSW: Rosenberg. pp. 649–651. ISBN 9781877058165. 
  6. ^ Brown, Andrew; Buirchell, Bevan (2011). A field guide to the eremophilas of Western Australia (1st ed.). Hamilton Hill, W.A.: Simon Nevill Publications. p. 91. ISBN 9780980348156. 
  7. ^ "Rail Revenue Still Mounting.". Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 12 May 1932. p. 37. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Death of Sir Frederick Dutton". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 15 October 1930. p. 14. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

Sources[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Marshall MacDermott
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration
30 Sep 1857 – 2 Jun 1859
Succeeded by
John Neales
Preceded by
Henry Strangways
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration
4 Jul 1863 – 15 Jul 1863
Succeeded by
Lavington Glyde
Preceded by
George Waterhouse
Premier of South Australia
4 Jul 1863 – 15 Jul 1863
Succeeded by
Henry Ayers
Preceded by
Arthur Blyth
Premier of South Australia
22 Mar 1865 – 20 Sep 1865
Preceded by
William Milne
Commissioner of Public Works
22 Mar 1865 – 20 Sep 1865
Succeeded by
Philip Santo
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
New district
Member for City of Adelaide
1857–1860
Served alongside: Robert Torrens, Judah Solomon, Richard Hanson, Boyle Finniss, John Neales, William Burford, William Owen
Succeeded by
Matthew Moorhouse
Preceded by
David Shannon
Member for Light
1860–1862
Served alongside: John Bagot
Succeeded by
John Rowe
Preceded by
John Rowe
Member for Light
1862–1865
Served alongside: John Bagot
Succeeded by
John Rounsevell
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Gregory Walters
Agent-General for South Australia
1865–1877
Succeeded by
Arthur Blyth