John Booth (Australian politician)

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John Booth (27 February 1822 – 11 April 1898) was an English-born Australian politician.

He was born in Bermondsey in London; his father, Henry Booth, was a corn-factor. He went to sea in 1833, settled in Sydney in 1839 and learned shipbuilding on Brisbane Water, before moving to Balmain around 1854. In 1850 he married Susannah Wetherall, with whom he had eleven children. He was Balmain's first mayor in 1867 and by 1870 owned successful sawmills at Balmain and on the Manning River. He went to England in 1870, and in 1872 was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for West Sydney. Defeated in 1874, he was elected for East Macquarie later in the election period in 1875. In 1874 his mills were burned down, and despite only having partial insurance he rebuilt them. He was defeated running for re-election in 1877. Booth died at Bundanoon, where he owned property, in 1898.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr John Booth (1822 - 1898)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Walter Church
Chairman of the Balmain Municipal Council
Succeeded by
as Mayor of Balmain
Preceded by
as Chairman
Mayor of Balmain
1867 – 1868
Succeeded by
Henry Perdriau
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
William Speer
William Windeyer
Member for West Sydney
1872 – 1874
Served alongside: Joseph Raphael, John Robertson, Joseph Wearne
Succeeded by
Angus Cameron
Henry Dangar
George Dibbs
Preceded by
Walter Cooper
William Cummings
Member for East Macquarie
1875 – 1877
Served alongside: William Suttor, Jr.
Succeeded by
John Robertson