Sir Robert Mackenzie, 10th Baronet

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Sir Robert Mackenzie
Mackenzie in 1866
3rd Premier of Queensland
In office
15 August 1867 – 25 November 1868
Preceded byRobert Herbert
Succeeded byCharles Lilley
1st Treasurer of Queensland
In office
15 December 1859 – 4 August 1862
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byThomas Moffatt
In office
15 August 1867 – 25 November 1868
Preceded byThomas Blacket Stephens
Succeeded byThomas Henry FitzGerald
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burnett
In office
4 May 1860 – 6 April 1869
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byCharles Haly
Personal details
Born(1811-07-21)21 July 1811
Ross-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died19 September 1873(1873-09-19) (aged 62)
London, United Kingdom
SpouseLouisa Alexandrina Jones (m.1846 d.1906)
RelationsSir George Mackenzie, 7th Baronet (father)
OccupationMagistrate, Grazier

Sir Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, 10th Baronet (21 July 1811 – 19 September 1873) was a pastoralist and politician in Queensland, Australia. He 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 both 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] One of their daughters, Mary Louisa, married Alexander Archer, a brother of Archibald Archer. Both Mary and Alexander died in the 1890 sinking of the RMS Quetta.

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. Sir Robert died at 6 Atherstone Terrace, Queen’s Gate Gardens, London on the 19th September, 1873.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lady Mackenzie". Chantry Fine Arts.
  2. ^ "Mackenzie, Robert (1823–1881)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2018, doi:10.1093/odnb/9780192683120.013.17598, retrieved 16 July 2007

Additional resources listed by the Australian Dictionary of Biography

  • 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 Premier of Queensland
Succeeded by
New title Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Burnett
Served alongside: Charles Haly, John Edwards, Ratcliffe Pring
Succeeded by
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
William Mackenzie
(of Coul)
Succeeded by
Arthur Mackenzie