The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hare, Charles Simeon

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Hare, Charles Simeon, was born in America in 1808, and arrived in South Australia in Sept. 1836, with Sir John Morphett, to whom he acted as private secretary, and was subsequently employed by the South Australian Company. He was a vigorous opponent of State aid to religion and transportation, and sat in the Mixed Legislative Council for West Torrens from July 1851 to June 1854, when he resigned. In Jan. 1855 he was appointed a Commissioner for effectuating the wishes of Parliament in relation to the Adelaide and Gawler Railway Bill. In March 1857 he was elected to the first Legislative Assembly for Yatala, but resigned in the following May, on being appointed Superintendent of the Stockade. Mr. Hare became Manager of Railways in succession to Mr. Drake, in July 1860, but was removed from office in May 1865, in consequence of an accident to a train carrying the Governor and Ministry, for which a Commission of Inquiry held him culpable. After an experience of several years as a planter in Fiji, Mr. Hare returned to South Australia and managed a mine near Moonta. In 1875 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the representation of the latter district in the Assembly, his defeat being due to his opposition to the men's demands during the great Moonta strike, in 1874. Mr. Hare met with better success in 1878, and represented the district till 1880, when he resigned and revisited England, returning to South Australia in the following year. He died on July 22nd, 1882.