William Forlonge

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William Forlonge (1811 – 15 September 1890)[1] was a pastoralist and politician in colonial Victoria and New South Wales, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council, the Victorian Legislative Assembly and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.[1]

Early life[edit]

Forlonge was born in Scotland, the son of John and Eliza Forlonge.[1] John Forlonge (died 1834) was a merchant in Glasgow and decided to send his two surviving sons to New South Wales, several of his children having earlier died from tuberculosis.[2] William Forlonge, his brother Andrew and their mother went to Leipzig with his mother in 1826 where William worked in a wool sorting house for three years.[1][2] John joined his family in 1828. Eliza chose 98 Saxon sheep from studs, then she and her sons drove them to Hamburg. The sheep were shipped to Hull and were driven from there to Liverpool where they sailed, with William, for Sydney in the Clansman.[2]

Colonial Australia[edit]

William Forlonge arrived in Hobart Town in November 1829 and decided to stay there. He was eventually granted 1,500 acres (610 ha) of land near Campbell Town.

He married Marion Templeton in 1837.[1]

William Forlonge moved to the Port Phillip District along with his brother Andrew in 1838.[2] In 1851, William purchased the Seven Creeks property in Euroa.[1] In October 1854 Forlonge was elected to the unicameral Victorian Legislative Council for Villiers and Heytesbury,[1] becoming a spokesman for squatters.[2] Forlonge was a member of the Council until the original Council was abolished in March 1856.[1] Forlonge became a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for The Murray in a by-election in January 1858 and resigned in January 1858.[1]

Forlonge settled in New South Wales in 1859, becoming a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Orange on 15 December 1864, a seat he held until 12 June 1867.[3]

Forlonge died in Dubbo, New South Wales, on 15 September 1890.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Forlonge, William". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Adams, Nancy. "Forlonge, William (1811–1890)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mr William FORLONGE (1811 - 1890)". Parliament of New South Wales. 
Victorian Legislative Council
New title Member for Villiers and Heytesbury
October 1854 – March 1856
With: Claud Farie 1854–55
James Mylne Knight 1855–56
Original Council abolished
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Goodman
Member for The Murray
January 1858 – January 1859
With: Travers Adamson
Succeeded by
William Nicholson
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Charles Cowper, Jr.
Member for Orange
15 December 1864 – 12 June 1867
Succeeded by
George McKay