Thomas Barker (Australian politician)

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Thomas Barker
Personal details
Born (1799-03-25)25 March 1799
London, England
Died 12 March 1875(1875-03-12) (aged 75)
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.

Early life[edit]

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

Colonial Parliament[edit]

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.


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
first election
Member for Gloucester and Macquarie
1856 – 1858
Succeeded by
James Williamson