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Biographical entry Holroyd, Arthur Todd (1806 - 1887)

1 December 1806
London, England
15 June 1887
Sherwood Scrubs, New South Wales, Australia
Physician, Barrister and Politician


Arthur Holroyd was heavily involved in law and politics in New South Wales during the mid to late 1800s. After graduating in medicine Holroyd worked for some time as a physician in the United Kingdom, then turned his attentions to law. He eventually migrated first to New Zealand (1843) and then Australia (1844) where he soon joined the New South Wales Bar. Holroyd built up a successful legal practice, which involved acting as crown prosecutor on occasions. In 1851 he entered New South Wales parliament and remained a member until 1864. Holroyd also involved himself in business activities which included a stint as director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society, director of Ophir Gold Mining Co. and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.



1826 -
Award - Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
1829 -
Award - Fellow of the Linnean Society
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at University of Edinburgh
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at Christ's College, Cambridge, UK
Career position - Called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn
Life event - Migrated to New Zealand
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
Career position - Admitted to the New South Wales Bar
1851 - 1856
Career position - Represented Western Boroughs in the Legislative Council
1856 - 1857
Career position - Represented Western Boroughs in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales
1861 - 1864
Career position - Member for Parramatta, New South Wales
Career position - Appointed master in equity of the Supreme Court

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  • Jervis, J., 'The Beginnings of Settlement in the Parish of St.John', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 19 (1933). Details


McCarthy, G.J.