William Milne (politician)

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Sir

William Milne

William Milne MHA.jpg
25th Chief Secretary of South Australia
In office
30 May 1870 – 22 January 1872
PremierJohn Hart
Arthur Blyth
Preceded byAugustine Stow
Succeeded byHenry Ayers
3rd President of the South Australian Legislative Council
In office
25 July 1873 – 19 April 1881
Preceded byJohn Morphett
Succeeded byHenry Ayers
Personal details
Born(1822-05-17)17 May 1822
Glasgow, Scotland
Died23 April 1895(1895-04-23) (aged 72)
Mount Lofty, South Australia
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Eliza Disher

Sir William Milne (17 May 1822 – 23 April 1895) was an Australian entrepreneur and politician, serving as the member for Onkaparinga in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1857 to 1868. He was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council in 1869,[1] and was President of the South Australian Legislative Council from 25 July 1873 to 1881.[2]

Life[edit]

Born in Wester-Common, near Glasgow, Milne was educated in Glasgow and emigrated to South Australia, arriving in the Palmyra at Port Adelaide on 29 October 1839, where he married Eliza Disher on 4 March 1842. He formed a partnership with brother-in-law James Disher as wine merchants and as "Disher & Milne", in July 1846, purchased the Hindley Street wine and spirit business of Patrick Auld, who was returning to England.[3] The business was highly successful, eventually becoming Milne and Company.

In 1857 Milne sold his distillery and was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly as one of the members for Onkaparinga. Milne served as commissioner of Crown Lands and immigration in the ministry of John Baker from 21 August to 1 September 1857, under Richard Hanson from 5 July 1859 to 9 May 1860, under Henry Ayers from 22 July to 4 August 1864 and under James Boucaut from 28 March 1866 to 3 May 1867. In the ministry of George Waterhouse, Milne served as Commissioner of Public Works from 19 February 1862 to 4 July 1863, and in the Arthur Blyth ministry from 4 August 1864 to 22 March 1865.[1]

Milne transferred to the Legislative Council in 1869 and was elected its president in 1873, serving until his retirement in 1881. Milne served as chief secretary in the John Hart ministry from 30 May 1870 to 10 November 1871 and under Blyth from 10 November 1871 to 22 January 1872.[1]

When Milne was in the Crown Lands Department, he introduced a regulation to encourage farmers to buy land; introduced an amendment to the Scab in Sheep Act which helped to eliminate the disease; and introduced drainage to reclaim tracts of land.[1]

Milne was a member of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society and its president from 1860 to 1861.

Knighted in 1876, Milne died at "Eurilla", Mount Lofty, in 1895.

Family[edit]

William Milne married Eliza Disher (c. 1818 – 17 August 1912), daughter of John Disher of "Byethorne", Nairne, South Australia in 1842; they later lived at "Sunnyside", Glen Osmond; they had a large family:

  • Eliza Amelia Milne ( – ) married John Randal Phillips on 20 August 1863
  • Ellen Wardlaw Milne ( – ) married W. H. Bundey on 28 March 1865
  • Margaret Jane Milne (1847– ) married Frederick Algernon Price on 16 July 1872
  • William Milne (1849 – 14 December 1905) married Emma Sophia Simpson (1850 – 8 September 1914), daughter of Capt. Henry Simpson on 17 March 1870
  • Mary Isabella Milne (1850 – c. 25 September 1869)
  • Barbara Agnes Milne (1852 – ) married Arthur Ernest Ayers on 30 April 1878
  • John Milne (3 November 1854 – 12 July 1934) married Lucy Anne Macgeorge (4 September 1859 – ) on 11 November 1875.
  • Rev. John Philip Milne (c. 1878 – c. 1 September 1924) worked among poor in London[4]
  • George S(tanley) Milne (9 May 1879 – 1961) married Alice Belle Greenland, Inspector of Ships, South Africa
  • L(eslie) Hugh Milne (1882– ) served in South Africa 1901, Inspector of Fisheries at Swansea, Wales.
  • Lucy Edith Milne (1884 – 1961) married Kenneth James Stephen in 1918, lived in Blackwood.
  • F(rank) Kenneth Milne (18 July 1885 – 3 October 1980) married Hazel Muir Fotheringham in 1913, he was an architect, lived in Kensington Gardens.[5]
  • E(rnest) Malcolm Milne (c. 1886–1963) married Gladys Burden on 1 March 1910, lived at Glenelg
  • Mary Elizabeth Milne ( –1955) married Harold Powell in 1914, lived in Largs Bay
  • George Milne (23 August 1856 – 17 August 1934) married Georgina Ellen Swinden on 14 June 1884.
  • Clive Gordon Milne (19 February 1885 – 12 March 1933)[6]
  • Roy Melville Milne (19 February 1885 – 2 April 1938) noted racehorse owner[7]
  • James Wilson Milne (1857– )
  • Florence Marion/Marian? Milne (1859 – ) married John Lancelot Stirling on 12 December 1882
  • Blanche Maud Milne (21 August 1861 – ) married Robert Lomax Scott on 6 February 1890

Eliza Milne's sister Margaret "Minnie" Disher (died 11 April 1900) married James Johnston (1818 – 12 April 1891), one of the Johnston brothers of Oakbank.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Van Dissel, Dirk (1974). "Sir William Milne (1822–1895)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  2. ^ Serle, Percival (1949). "Milne, William". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Out Among the People". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 88, (27216). South Australia. 27 December 1945. p. 7. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Obituary". The Chronicle (Adelaide). LXVII, (3, 546). South Australia. 6 September 1924. p. 20. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Rosemary Francis, 'Milne, Frank Kenneth (1885–1980)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/milne-frank-kenneth-11133/text19827, published first in hardcopy 2000, accessed online 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Death Of Mr. C. G. Milne". The Advertiser (Adelaide). LXXV, (23221). South Australia. 13 March 1933. p. 6. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Sudden Death of Mr. Roy Milne". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 4 April 1938. p. 20. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of South Australia
New district Member of Parliament for Onkaparinga
1857–1868
Served alongside:
William Dawes, William Townsend
Succeeded by
Thomas Playford II
Preceded by
William Peacock
Charles Everard
Thomas Elder
Charles Bagot
Member of the South Australian Legislative Council
1869–1881
Served alongside: Multiple Members
Succeeded by
William Buik
Richard Baker
John Pickering
James Rankine
John Spence
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lindsay
Commissioner of Public Works
1862–1863
Succeeded by
William Townsend
Preceded by
Philip Santo
Commissioner of Public Works
1864–1865
Succeeded by
Francis Dutton
Preceded by
Augustine Stow
Chief Secretary of South Australia
1870–1872
Succeeded by
Henry Ayers
South Australian Legislative Council
Preceded by
John Morphett
President of the
South Australian Legislative Council

1873–1881
Succeeded by
Henry Ayers