Thomas Barker (Australian politician)
25 March 1799|
|Died||12 March 1875
Bringelly, New South Wales
Thomas Barker (25 March 1799 – 12 March 1875) was an Australian politician and an appointed member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 1853 and 1856. He was also an elected member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for 1 term from 1856 until 1858.
Barker was born in London. He was the son of James Barker (who died in 1808) and he was then raised by a guardian. He was educated at home and apprenticed to an engineer, John Dickson . Barker accompanied Dickson when he migrated to Australia in 1813 and with Dickson and his brother, James Barker, he constructed and built a number of steam driven flour mills. He made a substantial fortune in the flour milling business and also constructed cotton and woolen mills. He invested in land in the Goulburn Plains district and also invested in the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney and infrastructure projects including the Sydney Railway Company. He was an early benefactor to Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney
Barker was an appointed member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 1853 and 1856, prior to the establishment of responsible government. At the first election for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly after the granting of responsible government in 1856 he was elected for the seat of Gloucester and Macquarie. He served without distinction in the first responsible parliament and was defeated at the 1858 election. He did not stand for further public office.
- "Mr Thomas Barker (1799 - 1875)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Gloucester and Macquarie
1856 – 1858