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Arthur Hunter Palmer

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Preceded by  Charles Lilley
Succeeded by  Albert Norton
Spouse  Cecilia Mosman (m. 1865)
Preceded by  John Douglas
Role  Politician

Constituency  Port Curtis
Name  Arthur Palmer
Succeeded by  Arthur Macalister
Preceded by  New seat
Resting place  Toowong Cemetery
Arthur Hunter Palmer
Died  March 20, 1898, Toowong, Brisbane, Australia

Sir Arthur Hunter Palmer (28 December 1819 – 20 March 1898) was an Irish-Australian politician and a Premier of Queensland.


Early life

Palmer was born in Armagh, Ireland, the son of Lieutenant Arthur Palmer, R.N., and his wife, Emily née Hunter. Palmer was educated at Youghal Grammar School and a private tutor in Dublin. Palmer emigrated to New South Wales in 1838, arriving in Sydney on the City of Edinburgh. Palmer worked for many years for Henry Cary Dangar on his New England stations, eventually becoming general manager of all Dangar's holdings. Palmer went to Queensland and took up land, acting as a magistrate in 1865.


In 1866, Palmer was elected to Parliament as member for Port Curtis in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. On 2 August 1867 he became Colonial Secretary and Secretary for Public Works in the R. R. Mackenzie ministry, and in September 1868 Secretary for Public Lands. Mackenzie resigned on 25 November 1868 and Palmer went into opposition. On 3 May 1870 Palmer became Premier and Colonial Secretary, and in July 1873 Secretary for Public Works. Palmer's ministry was defeated on 6 January 1874. During his term of office acts were passed which led to much development of new railways. Palmer was Colonial Secretary and Secretary for Public Instruction in the McIlwraith ministry which came into power in January 1879, but resigned these positions on 24 December 1881 to become President of the Queensland Legislative Council. Palmer remained in that position until his death.

Hunter served as Administrator (deputy to the Governor) from 2 May 1883 to 6 November 1883, from 20 April 1886 to 12 December 1886, from 9 October 1888 to 1 May 1889, from 16 November 1890 to 6 May 1891. He also served as Lieutenant-Governor of Queensland from 15 November 1895 to 9 April 1896.

Later life

He died at Easton Gray, his home in Toowong, Queensland after a long illness and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.


In 1865, Palmer married Miss Cecilia Jessie Mosman. Cecilia was the sister of Hugh Mosman who discovered gold in Charters Towers and of Harriette Mosman, the second wife of Queensland Premier Thomas McIlwraith. From 1872 to 1877, the Palmer family leased the house Fernberg in Paddington, which became Queensland's Government House in 1910. Cecilia died in 1885, and was survived by three sons and two daughters.

The family home, Easton Gray, was sold in 1944 for the construction of Toowong State High School, later Toowong College, and now the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology.


Palmer was created a K.C.M.G. in 1881.


Arthur Hunter Palmer Wikipedia

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