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DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALASIAN BIOGRAPHY.

married, in 1833, a sister of William Charles Wentworth, the Australian patriot, and nine years later retired from the sea and settled in Sydney as a merchant, when he took Mr. (afterwards Sir) Alexander Stuart into partnership. In 1851 he took an active part in reorganising the Bank of New South Wales, increasing the capital, and otherwise developing its operations, to meet the growing demands of the colony. He held a number of stations in the north of Australia; and Townsville, in Queensland, was named in his honour. He was the first to introduce cotton cultivation on an extensive scale, and formed a plantation of two thousand acres, on which he employed several South Sea Islanders. He was nominated to the Legislative Council in 1856, and died on April 4th, 1873, in Sydney. He was concerned with the late Sir Charles Cowper and Sir John Robertson in squatting operations on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Townsend, William, was born in London in 1827, and emigrated to South Australia in 1853. He was employed as a boot salesman, but ultimately became a leading auctioneer in Adelaide. Having been a lay preacher of the Congregational Church, he entered the Legislative Assembly as member for Onkaparinga. For this constituency he sat till 1871, when he was returned for the Sturt, which he represented till his death. He was Commissioner of Public Works in the Dutton Ministry in July 1863, and Commissioner of Crown Lands in the Hart Government from Sept. to Oct. 1868, and in the Blyth Ministry from Nov. 1871 to Jan. 1872. In 1876 he succeeded Mr. Carr as Chairman of Committees in the Assembly, and held that position till his death, on Oct. 25th, 1882. Mr. Townsend was on several occasions Mayor of Adelaide.

Tozer, Hon. Horace, M.L.A., Colonial Secretary and Minister of Mines, Queensland, son of Horace Thomas Norris Tozer and Charlotte Winifred Amelia his wife, was born at Port Macquarie, N.S.W., in April 1844, and educated at St. Paul's College, Sydney. He was admitted a solicitor in Brisbane, and was elected to the Queensland Assembly for Wide Bay in 1872 and in 1888. Since 1868 he has practised his profession at Gympie, of which goldfield he was one of the early residents. In August 1890 he became Colonial Secretary and Minister of Mines in the second Griffith Ministry, administering the department controlling the Police and Defence Forces of Queensland during the maritime strike, August and Sept. 1890, and the shearers' strike lasting from Jan. to July 1891, when over two thousand men were called out on active service and quelled the serious industrial disturbances without loss of life. Mr. Tozer married at Ipswich, Queensland, on Feb. 12th, 1868, Miss Mary Hoyles Wilson.

Travers, William Thomas Locke, F.L.S., son of Captain Boyle Travers, of the Rifle Brigade, by his marriage with Miss Caroline Brockman, of Beachborough, in Kent, was born at Castleview, near Newcastle, county Limerick, on Jan. 9th, 1819. He was lieutenant in the 2nd Lancers, B.A.L.S., from 1836 to 1838, and served in Spain during those years, part of the time as aide-de-camp to General Espartero, afterwards Duke de Victoria. Mr. Travers was married at Cork, Ireland, on Oct. 22nd, 1843, to Miss Jane Oldham, and arrived in New Zealand on Oct. 20th, 1849. He has at various times represented the Waimea district in Nelson, and the cities of Christchurch and Wellington in the New Zealand House of Representatives, and was Attorney-General of the colony in the first inchoate Ministry from the end of August to the beginning of Sept. 1854. Mr. Travers, who was district judge in Nelson from 1859 to 1860, was married a second time on April 9th, 1891, at Wellington, N.Z., to Miss Theodosia Leslie Barclay. He is F.L.S. and "Grand Officier de l'Ordre Royal du Cambode." Mr. Travers, after resigning the judgeship, removed from Nelson, where he was on one occasion an unsuccessful candidate for the Superintendency of the province, and settled in Canterbury, where in 1866 he sought election as provincial superintendent, but was defeated by the late Mr. W. Sefton Moorhouse.

Trench, Hon. Robert Le Poer, late Attorney-General of Victoria, is the third son of the late Ven. Charles Le Poer Trench, D.D., of Ballinasloe, co. Galway, Archdeacon of Ardagh, and grandson of the first Earl of Clancarty. He entered as a student of the Middle Temple in May 1839, and was called to the Bar in June 1842. Having emigrated to

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