Richard Driver

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Richard Driver
Jr.
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Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for West Macquarie
In office
1860–1869
Preceded by Henry Mort
Succeeded by Edmund Webb
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Carcoar
In office
1869–1872
Preceded by Barnard Stimpson
Succeeded by Thomas West
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Windsor
In office
1872–1880
Preceded by Arthur Dight
Succeeded by Henry McQuade

Richard Driver (junior) (16 September 1829 – 8 July 1880) was a Sydney solicitor, politician and cricket administrator.

Driver was born in Cabramatta, New South Wales, son of Richard Driver, hotel-keeper, and his wife Elizabeth, née Powell. In 1859, he became a solicitor for the Sydney City Council and also carried out a practice in the Sydney police court.[1]

Driver unsuccessfully contested three seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1858 and was defeated again for East Sydney in 1859, but won West Macquarie in 1860 and held it to 1869. He was the member for Carcoar from 1869 to 1872 and Windsor from 1872 to his death in 1880.[2] He generally supported Henry Parkes, but turned down an offer of to be made minister of mines in 1872. He became minister for lands in Parkes' 1877 government and as a cricket lover he provided £700 for improvements to the Sydney Cricket Ground and vested the ground in trustees in 1879, including himself as the representative of the New South Wales Cricket Association.[1]

From 1860 to 1880 Driver was an important organizer of visits by English cricket teams and intercolonial matches. In 1871, he married Elizabeth Margaret Marlow. He died in the Sydney suburb of Randwick and is buried at Waverley Cemetery. A road built in the 1890s outside the Sydney Cricket Ground called Driver Avenue is named in his honour.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nairn, Bede (1972). "Driver, Richard (1829 - 1880)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Mr Richard (junior) Driver (1829 - 1880)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Henry Mort
Member for West Macquarie
1860–1869
Succeeded by
Edmund Webb
Preceded by
Barnard Stimpson
Member for Carcoar
1869–1872
Succeeded by
Thomas West
Preceded by
Arthur Dight
Member for Windsor
1872–1880
Succeeded by
Henry McQuade