Robert Blackwood (Australian politician), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Robert Blackwood (Australian politician)

Australian politician, businessman and pastoralist

Date of Birth: 24-Jun-1861

Place of Birth: Crowlands, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 22-Sep-1940

Profession: businessperson, politician

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Robert Blackwood (Australian politician)

  • Robert Officer Blackwood (24 June 1861 – 22 September 1940) was an Australian politician, businessman and pastoralist.
  • He was briefly a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Riverina. Blackwood was born in 1861 at Crowlands in Victoria, the son of Richard Blackwood (d.
  • 1881) and Isabella, nÊe Officer.
  • He attended Melbourne Church of England Grammar School (1878–79), where he gained a reputation as an athlete.
  • He was admitted to Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1882, where he began boxing – he later became the runner-up in the amateur light-weight boxing championship in England.
  • He returned to Australia in 1889, taking over his father's property in partnership with his brothers. An active community member around Deniliquin, Blackwood was a member of the Pastoralists' Association of Victoria and Southern Riverina.
  • A supporter of Sir George Reid, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Riverina in New South Wales in 1903 by only five votes, representing the Free Trade Party.
  • On petition by the former member, John Chanter, however, the result was declared void on the grounds of electoral irregularities.
  • Blackwood, who lost the subsequent by-election, was cleared of all charges but never stood for parliament again. Blackwood continued to be active in rural affairs, becoming vice-president of the Pastoralists' Union of Southern Riverina in 1906.
  • He was president of the Conargo Shire in 1907, and represented many companies; he became chairman of Dalgety & Co.
  • and Australian Farms Ltd, and president of the Victorian Employers' Association and the Registered Clubs' Association of Victoria from 1916-30.
  • He also became vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society from 1920-1938. Blackwood married Constance Ferrier Mailton on 23 July 1895 at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne.
  • Despite his deteriorating health he maintained contact with his business affairs until his death on 22 September 1940 at St Kilda; he was survived by his wife.
  • He had no children.

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