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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Lackey, Hon. John

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Lackey, Hon. John, M.L.C., President Legislative Council, New South Wales, was born in Oct. 1830 in Sydney, and educated at the Sydney College, subsequently adopting pastoral pursuits in the Parramatta district. In 1852 he became a magistrate, and in 1858 unsuccessfully contested Central Cumberland. He was returned for Parramatta in 1860, and strongly supported the passing of the Robertson Land Bill. He was beaten at Parramatta in 1865, but in June 1867 he re-entered the Assembly as member for Central Cumberland, and was twice elected Chairman of Committees. From Feb. 1875 to March 1877, he was Minister of Works in the Robertson Ministry, and again in the Parkes-Robertson Administration from Dec. 1878 to Jan. 1883. He was nominated to the Legislative Council in Dec. 1885, and in August 1892 was appointed President of the Legislative Council in succession to the late Sir John Hay.