John Lackey (politician)

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Sir John Lackey KCMG (6 October 1830 – 11 November 1903) was a magistrate and politician in colonial New South Wales, President of the New South Wales Legislative Council 1892 to 1903.[1][2]

Lackey was born in Sydney, New South Wales, son of William Lackey and his second wife Mary, née O'Dowd.[2]

Lackey was educated at the Sydney College, subsequently adopting pastoral pursuits in the Parramatta district.[3] In 1852 he became a magistrate, and in 1858 unsuccessfully contested Central Cumberland.[3] He was returned for Parramatta on 8 December 1860,[1] and strongly supported the passing of the Robertson Land Bill.[3] He was beaten at Parramatta in 1865, but on 27 June 1867 he re-entered the Assembly as member for Central Cumberland, and was twice elected Chairman of Committees.[1] From February 1875 to March 1877, he was Minister of Works in the Robertson Ministry, and again in the Parkes-Robertson Administration from December 1878 to January 1883. He was nominated to the New South Wales Legislative Council in December 1885, and in August 1892 was appointed President of the Legislative Council in succession to Sir John Hay.[3] [3]

Lackey died on 11 November 1903 in Bong Bong, New South Wales, survived by two sons.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Sir John Lackey (1830 - 1903)". Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Rutledge, Martha. "Lackey, Sir John (1830–1903)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to King, Hon. John Charles". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource