Philip Henry Nind

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Philip Nind
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Logan
In office
28 November 1873 – 27 May 1874
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Himself
In office
8 June 1874 – 3 April 1875
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by Adam Black
Personal details
Born Philip Henry Nind
(1831-04-07)7 April 1831
Oxford, England
Died 9 March 1896(1896-03-09) (aged 64)
Lashlake House, Thame, England
Nationality English Australian
Alma mater Eton College, Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Gold commissioner, Magistrate, Explorer
Religion Church of England

Philip Henry Nind (7 April 1831 – 9 March 1896) was an English rower and gold commissioner in colonial British Columbia. He was also a politician in Queensland, Australia, where he was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Philip Henry Nind was born at Hawthorns[disambiguation needed], Berkshire on 7 April 1831, the son of Rev. Philip Henry Nind and his wife Agnes Bussell . He attended Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford where he was a proficient rower.[1] In the 1852 Boat Race, he rowed No 3 in the winning Oxford boat stroked by J W Chitty. At Henley Royal Regatta, he won Silver Goblets in 1852 partnering H R Barker [2] and was also a member of the winning Oxford four in the Stewards' Challenge Cup.[3] In 1853 Nind was a member of the winning Oxford eight in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley and was also again in the winning Oxford four in Stewards' Challenge Cup. He was a member of the crew in the winning Oxford Boat in the 1854 Boat Race.[4]

British Columbia[edit]

In 1860 Nind took the position of Gold Commissioner and JP for Cariboo, British Columbia as the Cariboo Gold Rush was just getting under way. William Pinchbeck accompanied Nind to Williams Lake to create a local government and bring law and order to the area. Nind had originally considered Fort Alexandria for this purpose but chose Williams Lake instead as it was at a junction of two main pack trails: one from the Douglas Road and another through the Fraser Canyon.[5] While stationed in the Cariboo Nind wrote voluminous letters and reports to Vancouver Island governor James Douglas in Victoria, telling him about the many developments taking place in the district. In 1861 Nind had a government house built and requested the construction of a jail. By the middle of the year he was severely overworked causing him insomnia and a nervous twitch, In October he requested leave and in December went to England. It took three men to replace him in the work he had been doing.[6] He was succeeded as gold commissioner by Thomas Elwyn until Elwyn resigned later in the year through conflict of interest in having his own claim.[7] Nind returned to British Columbia with his new wife in 1863. When the gold escort was temporarily revived in 1863 Elwyn was made second in command to Nind[8] Nind was moved around from one backwater post to another until he resigned in 1866.

Queensland, Australia[edit]

In 1869 Nind and his wife moved to Queensland, Australia.[9] He was for a time in North Queensland where he was active in exploration. On 4 October 1873 he accompanied George Elphinstone Dalrymple and Sub-Inspector Robert Johnstone in entering the Glady's River.[10][11]

He became a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Logan from 28 November 1873 to 27 May 1874 and from 8 June 1874 to 3 April 1875. The first election was declared void.[1] He was elected to the Legislative Assembly by a very small majority.[12]

Later life[edit]

He was elected as lecturer in agricultural districts of England and returned to England.[13] He died on 9 March 1896 at Lashlake House, Thames, England aged 64.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nind, Philip Henry". Queensland Parliament. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839-1939
  3. ^ R C Lehmann The Complete Oarsman
  4. ^ Walter Bradford Woodgate Boating 1888
  5. ^ Stangoe, Irene (1994). Cariboo Chilcotin Pioneer People and Places. Heritage House. pp. 10–11. ISBN 1-895811-12-0. 
  6. ^ Branwen Christine Patenaude Ruby Red and Goldrush Yellow
  7. ^ The people of the Cariboo gold rush
  9. ^ Williams Cariboo
  10. ^ A Chronology of Innisfail and District, Far North Queensland
  11. ^ R. A. Ovenden "The Johnstone River" 2004
  12. ^ "Mr. Nind in Explanation.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939). Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 14 February 1874. p. 9. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "PARLIAMENT.". The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 29 September 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Logan
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member for Logan
Succeeded by
Adam Black