Richard Davies Ireland

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Richard Davies Ireland (1816 – 11 January 1877) was an Australian politician, a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly and Attorney-General.[1][2]

Ireland was born in Galway, educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., 1837)[2] and was called to the Irish bar in 1838.[3]

Ireland emigrated to Victoria in 1852, and was called to the local bar in the following year.[3] His brilliant and gratuitous defence of the Ballarat rioters brought him enormous popularity, and he was elected to represent Castlemaine Boroughs in the Assembly in 1857, and was appointed Solicitor-General in March 1858 in the John O'Shanassy Ministry, retiring with his colleagues in October 1859, when he was returned for Maryborough.[3] Ireland joined the Richard Heales Administration as Attorney-General in November 1860, but resigned in July 1861, four months before the fall of the Ministry. When the O'Shanassy Ministry, which succeeded, came in November, Ireland again became Attorney-General, retiring with his colleagues in June 1863, he did not again hold office.[3] Ireland represented Villiers and Heytesbury from August 1861 until resigning in April 1864, he then represented Kilmore from February 1866 to December 1867.[1]

Ireland died in South Yarra, Melbourne on 11 January 1877; his wife Sophia Mary, née Carr predeceased him.[2]

External links[edit]

  • "The Biographer". The Australasian. Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 13 January 1877. p. 1 Supplement: The Australasian Supplement. Retrieved 1 September 2014.  (Obituary)


  1. ^ a b "Ireland, Richard Davies". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Woods, Janice Burns. "Ireland, Richard Davies (1815–1877)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Ireland, Hon. Richard Davies". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Alexander Palmer
Member for Castlemaine Boroughs
August 1857 – August 1859
With: Robert Sitwell
District abolished
New district Member for Maryborough
October 1859 – December 1860
With: Michael Prendergast
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Levi
Preceded by
Alexander Russell
Member for Villiers and Heytesbury
August 1861 – April 1864
With: Charles Gavan Duffy
Succeeded by
Samuel MacGregor
Preceded by
John O'Shanassy
Member for Kilmore
February 1866 – December 1867
Succeeded by
Lawrence Bourke
Political offices
Preceded by
John Wood
Attorney-General of Victoria
November 1860 – July 1861
Succeeded by
Butler Cole Aspinall
Preceded by
Butler Cole Aspinall
Attorney-General of Victoria
November 1861 – June 1863
Succeeded by
George Higinbotham