Sir Robert Mackenzie, 10th Baronet

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The Hon
Sir Robert Mackenzie
3rd Premier of Queensland
In office
15 August 1867 – 25 November 1868
Preceded by Robert Herbert
Succeeded by Charles Lilley
Constituency Burnett
1st Treasurer of Queensland
In office
15 December 1859 – 4 August 1862
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Thomas Moffat
Constituency Burnett
In office
15 August 1867 – 25 November 1868
Preceded by Thomas Blacket Stephens
Succeeded by Thomas Henry FitzGerald
Constituency Burnett
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burnett
In office
4 May 1860 – 6 April 1869
Serving with Charles Haly, John Edwards, Ratcliffe Pring
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Charles Haly
Personal details
Born (1811-07-21)21 July 1811
Ross-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died 19 September 1873(1873-09-19) (aged 62)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Louisa Alexandrina Jones (m.1846 d.1906)
Relations Sir George Mackenzie, 7th Baronet (father)
Occupation Magistrate, Grazier

Sir Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, 10th Baronet (21 July 1811 – 19 September 1873) was premier of Queensland, Australia from August 1867 to November 1868.

Early life[edit]

Mackenzie was born in Coul, Ross-shire, Scotland, fourth son of Sir George Steuart Mackenzie, and wife Mary, fifth daughter of Donald Macleod of Geanies, Ross-shire.

New South Wales[edit]

In April 1832 Mackenzie arrived on the Wave in Sydney, New South Wales, with £750 joining his brother James. He purchased sheep for £500 and grazed them at Riddlesdale (near Dungog, New South Wales). After land speculation with his brother James, Robert Mackenzie bought a station, got into debt and borrowed money from his Scottish relatives. His financial situation worsened and he was declared bankrupt in 1844. In 1846 he was discharged from bankruptcy and was appointed a magistrate in 1847, living in Clifton, New England.

Political career[edit]

Queensland was declared a separate colony in 1859, Mackenzie entered politics and became colonial treasurer on 15 December 1859 in the ministry of Robert Herbert. Mackenzie represented Burnett in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 1860–1869. Mackenzie formed a government on the resignation of Arthur Macalister, taking on the roles of premier and colonial treasurer. He resigned on 25 November 1868.

Personal life[edit]

Robert Mackenzie married Louise Alexandrina Jones, daughter of Richard Jones, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, Sydney, in 1846.[1]

Robert Mackenzie succeeded his brother William on his death on 21 December 1868 to the baronetcy and returned to live on the family estate in Scotland in 1871.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lady Mackenzie". Chantry Fine Arts. 

Serle, Percival (1949). "Mackenzie, Robert". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. 

Additional resources listed by the Australian Dictionary of Biography[edit]

  • C. A. Bernays, Queensland Politics During Sixty Years (Brisb, 1919)
  • J. F. Campbell, ‘Discovery and early pastoral settlement of New England’, JRAHS, 8 (1922)
  • Brisbane Courier, 28 July 1862
  • The Times (London), 24 September 1873, p 5
  • P. D. Wilson, The Political Career of Hon. A. Macalister (B.A. Hons thesis, University of Queensland, 1969)
  • Bankruptcy papers, 1250 (State Records New South Wales)
  • Land and Colonial Secretary's files (Queensland State Archives).
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Herbert
Premier of Queensland
Succeeded by
Charles Lilley
New title Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
Thomas Moffat
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Burnett
Served alongside: Charles Haly, John Edwards, Ratcliffe Pring
Succeeded by
Charles Haly