John Bramston (Australian politician)
|Sir John Bramston
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Council|
3 July 1863 – 17 November 1869
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
3 April 1871 – 8 December 1873
Serving with Berkeley Moreton
|Preceded by||Charles Haly|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
14 November 1832
Roxwell, Essex, England
|Died||13 September 1921
|Resting place||Wimbledon Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Isabella Russell (m.1872 d.1920)|
|Relations||Thomas Bramston (father)|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford
|Religion||Church of England|
Sir John Bramston GCMG CB (14 November 1832 – 13 September 1921), was a politician in Queensland (now part of Australia) and a British colonial government administrator in Queensland and Hong Kong. He then served as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in London for 20 years.
Born on 14 November 1832 in Roxwell, Essex, Bramston was the second son of Thomas William Bramston (later MP for South Essex), of Skreens, Essex and his wife Eliza, daughter of Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey. He was educated at Winchester College and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1854, becoming Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in the following year, and D.C.L. in 1863. He entered the Middle Temple in November 1854 and was called to the bar in June 1857.
On 3 July 1863 he was appointed as a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council, and was a member without portfolio of the first Ministry formed by his friend Sir Robert Herbert, the first Premier of Queensland, from July 1863 to February 1866, acting briefly as Attorney-General from 31 August 1865 to 11 September 1865. Although his membership of the Legislative Council was a lifetime appointment, Bramston resigned on 17 November 1869.
Robert Herbert established a farm in the Brisbane area and lived in the farmhouse with John Bramston. The pair named their house Herston, a combination of their surnames, which eventually became the name of the suburb of Herston.
Subsequently Bramston returned to England, and remained for two years, acting in 1867 as Assistant Boundary Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall under the Reform Act of that year.
Return to Queensland
Bramston returned to Queensland in 1868. When Charles Haley resigned as Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Burnett, Bramston was elected in the resulting by-election on 3 April 1871. He held the seat until 8 December 1873, when the electorate was abolished in a redistribution. During this time, he was Queensland's Attorney-General in the Palmer Ministry from 3 May 1870 to 2 January 1874.
On 12 December 1872 at St John's Cathedral (Brisbane) in Brisbane, Bramston married Eliza Isabella Russell, daughter of Rev. Harry Vane Russell and niece of the Governor of Queensland, George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby (who had married Laura Russell, sister to Harry Russell). The service was conducted by the Bishop of Brisbane, Edward Tufnell. The Governor hosted a wedding reception at Government House and the couple honeymooned in Sydney and Tasmania.
Return to England
In June 1876 Bramston was appointed as Assistant Under Secretary of State in the Colonial Office, being employed on a mission to Berlin in connection with the Angra Pequena negotiations in July 1886, in which year he was created Companion of the Order of the Bath.
In October 1887, Bramston's death was announced in the Queensland newspapers, resulting in the publication of many obituaries. However, it turned out to be an error arising from a misinterpretation of a telegram.
John Bramston was appointed Registrar of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1892.
He served as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies for more than 20 years, retiring in 1898 upon which he was created Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).
In 1899 he was sent as Royal Commissioner in conjunction with Admiral Sir James Erskine to inquire into French treaty rights in Newfoundland. The dispute was settled by the Entente Cordiale of 1904. Similarly Bramston was a member of the Royal Commission for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. In the New Year Honours list 1900 he was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG).
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Council, 1860–1869
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1870–1871; 1871-1873
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|Parliament of Queensland|
|Member for Burnett
Served alongside: Berkeley Moreton