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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/McArthur, Alexander

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McArthur, Alexander, son of the late Rev. John McArthur, Wesleyan minister, Londonderry, and brother of Sir William McArthur, was born in 1814. He emigrated to Australia in 1841, and was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales during two Parliaments and a magistrate of the Territory. In 1861 he was appointed a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, and in 1863 he returned to England. He was a member of the first London School Board, and represented Leicester in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1892. He married in 1853 Maria Bowden, second daughter of the late Rev. W. B. Boyce, of Sydney.