The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Baker, Hon. Ezekiel Alexander

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Baker, Hon. Ezekiel Alexander, was born in Middlesex, England, in 1823, and emigrated to New South Wales in 1853 as mineralogist to a mining company. In 1870 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Southern Goldfields, and was also a member of the Goldfields Committee. When Mr. Garrett, the Minister of Lands in the Robertson Ministry, resigned his office, in Feb. 1877, Mr. Baker was appointed to succeed him, but the Government only held office till March. He was appointed Secretary for Mines in the next Robertson Administration, in August of the same year, exchanging that post for the portfolio of Lands in November, and going out of office with his colleagues in December. Mr. Baker was again Minister of Mines in the Parkes Government from Dec. 1878 to August 1881, when he was expelled from the Assembly on a charge of corrupt conduct.