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Henry Butler

Henry Butler

Surname: BUTLER

Given Names: Henry

Title and Honours: Dr

Qualifications: MRCS (1843), FRCS (1849)

Date and Place of Birth: 16 November 1821 - Cornhill, London, England

Date of Death: 22 August 1885 - Hobart, Tasmania


House of Assembly: (1) 12 September 1856 (2) 20 October 1866

Electorate: Brighton


Positions Held: Chair Committees 1861-62, 1866-69, 1876-77; Speaker 1877-85; Minister 1869-72

Date of Departure: (1) 13 November 1862 (2) 22 August 1885

Reason for Departure: (1) Defeated. (2) Died in office.

Legislative Council: 8 March 1854

Electorate: Brighton

Party: Independent

Positions Held:

Date of Departure: 1856

Reason for Departure: Parliament restructure.


Son of Gamaliel Butler MLC. While a minister he was also appointed Surveyor-General and Director of Public Works, the two most senior Public Service positions in his portfolio.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture: M

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.