TLM-Ps Political and Postal Career

When Queensland separated from the colony of NSW in 1859, TLM-P and other squatters were determined to consolidate their interests. The idea of mass democracy was still a radical idea and property owners were generally firm in their conviction that they alone had the right to rule - even if it did mean a few women managed to vote before legislation was amended to exclude them. TLM-P stood for the first election in 1860, but failed to win the seat of East Moreton. He then joined the public service as postal inspector in mid-1861; he was appointed Queensland's first Postmaster-General in 1862. Darbyshire states that TLM-P's brother-in-law, fellow squatters William Barker and Charles Robert Haly, provide part of the necessary bond.1) Documents from his time are (or at least, were in 1980) located at the Brisbane General Post Office Museum.2)


TLM-P (bottom left) with subsequent Postmasters-General of Queensland.4)

TLM-P was a member of the Legislative Council of Queensland from 22 February 1866 until his death in 31 December 1892.5) The suggestion that he was its President6) appears a confusion with his chairing … .

National Archives of Australia, J2364, 1859/3
Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry,Melbourne: E.A. Petherick, 1891-95, p.49
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