Airey was an officer in the Royal Navy, he entered the Navy on 1 January 1821 and became a Lieutenant on 13 May 1829. He served on the Medina on the African station and later served in the Mediterranean. He returned to England in 1837.
Airey was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council as member for Port Phillip on 22 December 1847 or 22 March. The previous occupier of the seat, John Dunmore Lang vacated the seat by absence.
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|New South Wales Legislative Council|
John Dunmore Lang
|Member for Port Phillip
Served alongside: John Foster, Charles Ebden
Maurice O'Connell, Charles Nicholson