Geoffrey Eagar

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Geoffrey Eagar

Geoffrey Eagar (17 December 1818 – 12 September 1891) was an accountant and colonial politician and civil servant of the Government of New South Wales, Australia.

Early life[edit]

Eagar was born in Sydney, son of Edward, an emancipated convict who helped found the Bank of New South Wales. Edward left Australia to take a legal battle over the rights of freed convicts to London, and did not return. His mother Jemima then married William Wentworth, and gave birth to a son. In 1843 he married Mary Ann Bucknell, and the couple had a son, Arthur.[1][2]

Public service career[edit]

Eagar worked at the Bank of New South Wales from 1854 for around five years before being appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council, the upper house of the state government in 1859. He resigned a year later but in 1863 he was elected to the lower house, representing the seat of West Sydney. He served in the seat twice, from 1863 to 1864 and 1865 to 1869. During this period, he served as Secretary for Public Works from 1858 to 1860 and as Colonial Treasurer from 1863 to 1865 and from 1866 to 1868. After leaving parliament he was appointed head of the New South Wales Treasury from 1872 to 1891.[1][3]

Eagar died at his home in the Sydney suburb of Glebe Point, survived by his wife and three of their four children. He also had a house in the Blue Mountains, opposite Eagar's Platform, now called Valley Heights railway station.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geoffrey Eagar (1818 - 1891), Biographical Note". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b Lamb, P. N. (1972). "Eagar, Geoffrey (1818 - 1891)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Mr Geoffrey Eagar (1818 - 1891)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Dickson
Respresentative of the Government in the Legislative Council
1859 – 1860
Succeeded by
John Hargrave
Preceded by
Edward Flood
Secretary for Public Works
1859 – 1860
Succeeded by
William Arnold
Preceded by
Thomas Smart
Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales
1863 – 1865
Succeeded by
Thomas Smart
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
William Charles Windeyer
Member for West Sydney
1863 – 1864
Served alongside: Lang, Dalgleish, Love
Succeeded by
John Darvall
Preceded by
John Darvall
Member for West Sydney
1864 – 1869
Served alongside: Lang, Robertson/Windeyer, Joseph/Campbell
Succeeded by
John Robertson
Government offices
Preceded by
Henry Lane
Under Secretary for Finance and Trade
1872 – 1891
Succeeded by
Francis Kirkpatrick