Commissioner of Crown Lands, Arthur Edward Halloran

Commissioner of Crown Lands, Arthur Edward Halloran

Arthur Edward Halloran emigrated to NSW from England in 1828. He was appointed as Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Wide Bay District in 1853 and later became Commissioner of Crown Lands for the combined Wide Bay and Burnett District. His official correspondence reveals that he was a diligent administrator fulfilling his many responsibilities both as Commissioner and as Police Magistrate. However, he courted controversy when some of his decisions were questioned by members of the Maryborough community. Allegations made against him led to a government enquiry into his conduct. He was subsequently transferred to Warwick in 1860 as Police Magistrate. Halloran went on to hold other positions in the Queensland government prior to his retirement and relocation to Melbourne where he died in 1890. Read more about Halloran’s life here.

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The State Library of Queensland’s Deadly Threads displays over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia. On today till 10 October 2021 from 10am-5pm. Learn more. Read more

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