Henry Edward Bright

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Hon. Henry Edward Bright (30 June 1819 – 18 February 1904) was a member of the South Australian Colonial Parliament. A son, Henry Edward Bright jr. (1843–1917), was a mayor of Gawler, South Australia.

Early life[edit]

Bright was born in London on 30 June 1819,[1] the son of Edward Bright and Mary Ann.[2] He, his wife Jane Prudence (née King) and son Henry Edward Bright jr. arrived in Adelaide in April 1850.[2]

Political career[edit]

Bright was a member for Stanley in the South Australian House of Assembly from March 1865 to February 1875,[1] and for Wooroora from February 1875 to April 1884.[1] From July 1873 to June 1875, he was Commissioner of Public Works in the Government of the Sir Arthur Blyth, and in May 1885 was elected to the Legislative Council of South Australia, of which he was a member until May 1891.[1]


Bright married Jane Prudence King (1816 – 23 Feb 1904) at St. George's in Hanover Square, London on 15 March 1841.[2]

  • Their son Henry Edward Bright jr. (16 March 1843 – 12 November 1917) was born in Chelmsford, Essex and educated at L. S. Burton’s school, Gawler and King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. He married Harriet Garrood on 29 October 1863,[3] and was mayor of Gawler in 1879 and 1880.[4]
  • Youngest son Thomas Robert Bright S.M. (ca.1852 – 9 December 1924) married Jane Rogers (ca.1849 – 20 September 1936), second daughter of William Rogers, on 26 May 1874.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Member of Parliament — Mr. Henry Bright". Adelaide, South Australia: Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Bright, Hon. Henry Edward". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ "Family Notices.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 2 January 1864. p. 2. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ http://gawler.nowandthen.net.au/index.php?title=Bright,_Henry_Edward_Junior
Political offices
Preceded by
Wentworth Cavenagh
Commissioner of Public Works
22 Jul 1873 – 3 Jun 1875
Succeeded by
William West-Erskine
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
George Young
Member for Stanley
1865 – 1875
Served alongside:
George Kingston
Succeeded by
Charles Mann
New district Member for Wooroora
1875 – 1884
Served alongside:
James Pearce, John Bosworth
Succeeded by
John Duncan