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Hon Thomas Reynolds

Encounter Bay
House of Assembly

About Me

Full Name
Thomas Reynolds
Party
Pre-Party System
Position
Former Member
Electorate
Encounter Bay
House
House of Assembly
Date Elected
02 July 1854
Public Activities
South Australia's fifth Premier, Thomas Reynolds came to the colony in 1840. From a lower social position than many other future Premiers, Reynolds was a successful grocer before his entry to politics. A pious man, and a religious dissenter opposed to state aid to churches, Reynolds also objected to the prevalence of alcohol consumption in South Australia. In addition to his radical liberal stance on the question of constitutional reform, these concerns defined his political activities in the 1850's - a period that saw him elected a member of the Legislative Council in 1854 and, in 1857, to the House of Assembly in the new parliament. Reynolds became Premier in May 1860 following his proposal of a no confidence motion in the Hanson government. His Premiership was characterised by cuts to spending in the public service and difficulty with the obstructionist Supreme Court judge, Justice Boothby. Confusion surrounding the validity of attempts to remove Judge Boothby saw the resignation of key members of the Reynolds ministry and the collapse of his administration in October 1861. Reynolds remained in parliament until 1873, acting as Treasurer in a number of ministries form 1865-68. Returning from Darwin to Adelaide in 1875, Reynolds and his wife were both drowned in a shipwreck off the Great Barrier Reef.
Deceased
24 February 1875

Electoral History

Date
District
House
Party
Reason (if retired)
29 Feb 1872 - 28 Aug 1873
Encounter Bay
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Resigned
14 Dec 1871 - 02 Feb 1872
Encounter Bay
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Unseated
05 Nov 1864 - 27 Mar 1870
East Adelaide
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Not Re-elected
02 May 1862 - 09 Nov 1862
City of Adelaide
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Not Re-elected
13 Mar 1860 - 17 Feb 1862
City of Adelaide
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Resigned
09 Mar 1857 - 12 Mar 1860
The Sturt
House of Assembly
Pre-Party System
Changed Seat
02 Jul 1854 - 02 Feb 1857
West Torrens
Legislative Council
Pre-Party System
Council Expired by Law
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Offices Held

28 Aug 1873 - Current
Former Member

Ministerial Appointments

04 Mar 1872 - 22 Jul 1873
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration
13 Oct 1868 - 03 Nov 1868
Treasurer
03 May 1867 - 24 Sep 1868
Treasurer
22 Mar 1865 - 20 Sep 1865
Treasurer
17 Oct 1861 - 19 Feb 1862
Treasurer
09 May 1860 - 08 Oct 1861
Premier
09 May 1860 - 08 Oct 1861
Treasurer
30 Sep 1857 - 12 Jun 1858
Commissioner of Public Works
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