William Aplin

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The Hon
William Aplin
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Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
19 October 1880 – 18 February 1901
Personal details
Born William Aplin
(1840-04-27)27 April 1840
Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England
Died 18 February 1901(1901-02-18) (aged 60)
Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality English Australian
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Bristol (m.1865 d.1895), Isabella Annie Campbell (m.1897 d.1927)
Occupation Company director
Religion Church of England

William Aplin (27 April 1840 – 18 February 1901) was a pastoralist, businessman and parliamentarian in Queensland, Australia.

Early life[edit]

Aplin was born in Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England.[1]


In 1862, Aplin migrated to Brisbane and in 1863 he moved up to Bowen, where he became a representative of Seaward, Marsh & Co. When Townsville was founded, he moved to Cleveland Bay and formed Clifton & Aplin. He was also a member of the board of trustees for the Townsville Grammar School in 1888,[2] the vice president of the North Queensland Pastoral and Agricultural Association, the Flinders District Hospital Committee and the trustee of the Townsville cemetery.[1]


Aplin was the founding member of the Townsville Municipal Council and also the Mayor twice, he was also a member of the Thuringowa Divisional Board in 1879, 1886, 1889 and from 1894 to 1896, he was Thuringowa's first chairman when elected in 1880 and then reelected in 1882,[3] until he was elected on to the Dalrymple Divisional Board in April 1883 where he remained a member until 1901.[4]

He was appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council on 19 October 1880. Being a lifetime appointment, he remained on the Council until his death.


Aplin married Mary Jane Bristol in 1865; she died in 1895. In 1897 he married Isabella Annie Campbell, daughter of prominent Brisbane businessman James Campbell; she died in 1927.

Later life[edit]

Aplin died on 18 February 1901 in Warwick, Queensland and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[5]


Aplin's Weir on the Ross River is named after him.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ The History of Townsville Grammar School book
  3. ^ The ThuringowanCommemorative edition: page 4.
  4. ^ Aplin, William (1840 - 1901) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  5. ^ Aplin William — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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