Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur


Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur

Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur (1788 - 1861) Australian colonist, politician, businessman and wool pioneer

Born in Plymouth, England, he accompanied his uncle John Macarthur to New South Wales in 1805, where he attempted to make a living by trading, with mixed results. However he gained recognition while caring for his uncle's merino sheep during his absences, and by 1817 was able secure land for his own merino flocks, and run a trading store. He actively participated in the intrigues of the time and through his connections became prominent in the community and local politics. He joined the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1830, representating the Conservatives in the nominated, and then part-elected Council for Parramatta until 1848.

He also had a directorship in the newly-created Bank of Australia, but at its collapse in 1843 Macarthur became insolvent, lost most of his property, and relocated to Ipswich, Queensland where he became police magistrate.

On the death of his wife in 1853 he returned to England, where he died at Norwood on 21 October 1861, and is buried at West Norwood Cemetery.cite web
first=Bede
last=Nairn
title =Macarthur, Hannibal Hawkins (1788 - 1861)
publisher =Australian National University
work=Australian Dictionary of Biography
url =http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020131b.htm
accessdate = 2007-03-01
] [cite web
title =FOWNC Newsletter No 27
publisher =Friends of West Norwood Cemetery
date=September 1996
url =http://www.fownc.org/newsletters/no27.doc
format=MS Word
accessdate = 2007-03-01
]

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