Samuel Gray (Australian politician)

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Samuel Gray
Member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Kiama
In office
Member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Illawarra
In office
Member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly for The Richmond
In office
Personal details
BornSamuel William Gray
(1823-01-01)1 January 1823
Armagh, Ireland
Died19 April 1889(1889-04-19) (aged 66)
Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia

Samuel William Gray (1 January 1823 – 19 April 1889) was an Irish Australian pastoralist, farmer and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Kiama (1859–1864), Illawarra (1874–1880) and The Richmond (1882–1885).[1]


Samuel Gray was born in Armagh, Ireland on 1 January 1823 to James Mackey Gray and Sarah Anna Burton, the first of their five children and their only son. Around 1835, his family moved to New South Wales.[1] There, James bought his brother-in-law's grant of 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) of land south of Kiama, naming it "The Omega Retreat". James became a farmer and grazier there, also assisting many Ulster Protestants in migrating to Kiama.[2] He was educated at the Normal Institution in Sydney. After going to sea in 1859 and to Bendigo during its gold rush, he returned to Kiama, becoming a farmer and grazier. He married Mary Bray on 14 March 1862 at Campbelltown. They had five daughters and two sons. In the early 1860s, he cleared and improved a large block of land on the Tweed River. Later, he moved to Sydney, where he had business interests, living there until his death in Woolahra on 19 April 1889. He was buried in the Gerringong Cemetery in Sydney.[1]

On 16 June 1859, Samuel Gray was elected as the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Kiama, with 70.36 percent of the vote. He was re-elected unopposed in 1860. After leaving office in 1864, he was elected as the member for Illawarra in 1874 with 56.76 percent of the vote and re-elected unopposed in 1877. He left office again in 1880 and was elected by the Richmond in 1882 with 60.39 percent of the vote, a position which he held until 1885 when he did not re-contest.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Mr Samuel William GRAY". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  2. ^ Jupp, James (2001). The Australian People. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-80789-1.
  3. ^ New South Wales Parliament. "NSW Election Results 1856-2007". Retrieved 2008-06-21.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Kiama
1859 – 1864
Succeeded by
Henry Parkes
Preceded by
William Forster
Member for Illawarra
1874 – 1880
Succeeded by
Alexander Stuart
Preceded by
Charles Fawcett
Member for Richmond
1882 – 1885
Succeeded by
Thomas Ewing
Patrick Hogan