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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Macleay, Sir George

Macleay, Sir George, K.C.M.G., who was the son of the late Alexander Macleay, F.R.S., Colonial Secretary of New South Wales from 1823 to 1837, and Speaker of the Legislative Council of that colony from 1843 to 1846, and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of James Barclay, was born in 1809, and educated at Westminster School. He was associated with the early exploration work of Sturt and Mitchell; and in 1856 he was returned to the first Legislative Assembly elected under responsible government in New South Wales for the Murrumbidgee district. He was created C.M.G. in 1869 and K.C.M.G. in 1875. Sir George, who was lord of the manor of Bletchingley, Surrey, where he resided, married, firstly, in 1842, Barbara St. Clair, daughter of James Innes, D.L., of Thrumster, Caithness, who died in 1869; and, secondly, on Jan. 15th, 1890, Augusta, a daughter of the late W. G. Lams. He died on June 24th, 1891.