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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Glyde, Hon. Lavington

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Glyde, Hon. Lavington, sometime Treasurer of South Australia, was born at Exeter, in England, in 1825, and emigrated to South Australia in 1847. Ten years later he entered the Assembly, in which he sat in every parliament from the first to the tenth inclusive. From 1857 to 1860 he represented East Torrens, from the latter year to 1875 Yatala, and from 1877 to 1884 Victoria. He was Treasurer in the Dutton Ministry in July 1863, and Minister of Lands on four occasions—viz., from July 1863, to July 1864, Oct. to Nov. 1865, May 1867 to Sept. 1868, and Oct. to Nov. 1868, in the first Ayers, the first Hart, and the fourth and fifth Ayers Ministries respectively. Mr. Glyde was Treasurer in Mr. (now Sir) Arthur Blyth's Government from July 1873 to May 1875, and again in Mr. (now Sir) John Bray's Government from June 1881 to April 1884. He subsequently retired from public life, and in Oct. 1885 accepted the Accountancy to the Court of Insolvency, a position he held till his death, which took place at Kensington, Adelaide, on July 31st, 1889. With the one exception of Sir Arthur Blyth, Mr. Glyde had been a Minister of the Crown for a longer term of years than any other South Australian politician. He was a singularly able debater, and his Budget speeches and financial addresses generally were models of clearness.