William Weston (Australian politician)

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William Weston
William Weston Premier.jpg
3rd Premier of Tasmania
In office
25 April 1857 – 12 May 1857
Preceded by Thomas Gregson
Succeeded by Francis Smith
In office
1 November 1860 – 2 August 1861
Preceded by Francis Smith
Succeeded by Thomas Chapman
Personal details
Born 1804
Shoreditch, London, England, UK
Died 21 February 1888(1888-02-21)
St Kilda, Victoria
Nationality United Kingdom British
Religion Church of England

William Pritchard Weston (1804 – 21 February 1888) was the third Premier of Tasmania.

Born in Shoreditch, England, Weston emigrated to Tasmania in about 1830, purchasing a property near Longford, and lived there for several years. He also received a grant of 2500 acres (10 km²). He was made a magistrate and with the Rev. John West took a prominent part in the formation of the anti-transportation league which between 1849 and 1853 had an important influence in the success of this movement. Holding office on two different occasions. Weston was elected to parliament at the original opening, in 1856 in the electoral district of Ringwood. He served for a short term as Premier from 25 April 1857 until 12 May 1857. He resigned his seat in the Tasmanian House of Assembly on 20 May 1857, instead taking a position in the Tasmanian Legislative Council as the member for Longford on 19 May 1857. He became Premier again on the 1 November 1860 holding the position until 2 August 1861. He resigned from the Tasmanian Parliament altogether and later moved to Victoria, dying in St Kilda. He was survived by a son and five daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gregson
Premier of Tasmania
1857
Succeeded by
Francis Smith
Preceded by
Francis Smith
Premier of Tasmania
1860–1861
Succeeded by
Thomas Chapman
Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Robert Kermode
Member for Longford
1857–1861
Succeeded by
Joseph Archer