Thomas Moffatt

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Thomas de Lacy Moffatt
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2nd Treasurer of Queensland
In office
4 Aug 1862 – 2 Oct 1864
Preceded byRobert Mackenzie
Succeeded byJoshua Bell
ConstituencyWestern Downs
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Western Downs
In office
27 April 1860 – 2 October 1864
Serving with James Taylor
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byJohn Watts
Personal details
Born(1824-04-17)17 April 1824
Athlone, Ireland
Died2 October 1864(1864-10-02) (aged 40)
Ipswich, Queensland
Spouse(s)Mary Isabella Bell
OccupationGrazier, Squatter

Thomas de Lacy Moffatt (17 April 1824 – 2 October 1864),[1] was a politician in colonial Queensland, and a Treasurer of Queensland.[2] His surname is also sometimes spelled "Moffat".

Early life[edit]

Moffatt was born in 1824 in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, the son of James Moffatt, the rector of Athlone, and his wife Elizabeth née Kellett.[3] He set out for Australia in 1844 and worked with his uncle, Captain R. G. Moffatt, a former magistrate and commander of the military police in Port Stephens[4] who by that time had turned his attention to agriculture and sheep farming.[5] He later moved north and became a squatter, establishing a station called "Callandoon" on the Darling Downs. He sold the station in 1849 and moved to the town of Drayton.[2]

Political career[edit]

Moffatt was elected to the first Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 27 April 1860 for the district of Western Downs.[2] Moffatt became Colonial Treasurer in the first Robert Herbert Ministry on 4 August 1862, and retained this post till his death on 2 October 1864.[6]


  1. ^ Hon. Thomas de Lacy MOFFATT — Clan Moffat Genealogy. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Moffatt, Hon. Thomas de Lacy" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ Kingston, Beverley. "Moffatt, Thomas de Lacy (1826–1864)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.
  4. ^ In the Service of the Company: Letters of Sir Edward Parry, Commissioner to the Australian Agricultural Company. December 1829 - June 1832, Volume 1. ANU Press. 2005. p. ix. ISBN 9781920942298.
  5. ^ "Australian Agricultural Company". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Moffatt, Thomas de Lacy". Former Members. Parliament of Queensland.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Mackenzie
Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
Joshua Bell
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Western Downs
Served alongside: James Taylor
Succeeded by
John Watts