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William McCourt (1851 - 1913)

 

Biographical Note

William Joseph McCourt (1851-1913), newspaper proprietor and parliamentarian, was born at Monaghan, Ireland, son of James and Bridget McCourt. He was brought to New South Wales by his parents at two years of age. The family settled at Wollongong where McCourt was educated. At an early age he was apprenticed as a printer with the Illawarra Mercury and in 1874 founded the Moss Vale based paper, Scrutineer and West Camden Advocate, selling it in 1886.

McCourt was elected a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly for the seats of Camden (1882-1885;1887-1894), Bowral (1894-1904) and Wollondilly (1904-1913). He was Chairman of Committees from 1894 to 1900 and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1900 to 1910.

 

Papers

Title

 William McCourt - letter received from Edward Lloyd Jones congratulating McCourt on his appointment as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, 1900
 

Creator

McCourt, William, 1851 - 1913
 

Call No.

MLMSS 6779

Title

 William McCourt - letter received from Sir John Henniker Heaton thanking McCourt for the first penny stamped letter from Australia, 1911
 

Creator

McCourt, William, 1851 - 1913
 

Call No.

MLMSS 6780

Title

 William McCourt - letters received, 1886, 1907
 

Creator

McCourt, William, 1851 - 1913
 

Call No.

MLDOC 2934

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