Westgarth, William

Born 15 June 1815 (Edinburgh)
Died 28 October 1889. (London)
Parents: John, surveyor-general of Customs, and Christian, nee Thomson
Marriage: 1854 United Kingdom, Ellison Macfie; 3d.
Occupation: Merchant
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Various schools Leith, Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne

Career: Was a clerk in Leith; arrived Port Phillip Dec 1840 and established an importing business; was joined by Alfred Ross c1845 in firm of Westgarth, Ross & Co., and later by James Spowers in firm of Westgarth, Ross & Spowers; returned to England 1857 and retired from partnership c1863. Formed finance house of Wm Westgarth & Company and became expert adviser on colonial loans. Founder and first president Melbourne Chamber of Commerce 1851-1852.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCMelbourneNovember 1851 April 1853Resigned

Non-Victorian Parliamentary Service: MLC New South Wales 1850-1851.
Appointments: Chairman Eureka royal commission
Publications: Author of several historical works relating to Aust.
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

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