Thomas Wilkinson (Australian politician)

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Thomas Wilkinson (6 April 1799 – 20 April 1881) was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), a member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[1]

Wilkinson was born in Sunderland, and arrived in the Port Phillip District in April 1840 via Van Diemens Land having arrived there in 1833.[1] Wilkinson was the founder of the Portland Guardian newspaper.[2]

On 10 September 1851, Wilkinson was elected as member for Portland in the first (unicameral) Victorian Legislative Council.[3] He was sworn-in November 1851 and held the seat until the original Council was abolished in March 1856.[1]

Wilkinson died in Brunswick, Victoria, on 20 April 1881.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wilkinson, Thomas". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  2. ^ "Victoria". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 23 April 1881. p. 6. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Labilliere, Francis Peter. Early History of the Colony of Victoria. II. 
Victorian Legislative Council
New creation Member for Portland
10 September 1851 – March 1856
With: James Henty 1853–1856
Original Council