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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/McArthur, William Alexander

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McArthur, William Alexander, M.P. is the eldest son of Alexander McArthur, ex-M.P. for Leicester, by his marriage with Maria Bowden, second daughter of Rev. W. B. Boyce, of Sydney. He was born in Sydney in 1857, and after being educated privately became a partner in the well-known firm of W. & A. McArthur, colonial merchants. In 1886 he was returned for the Buckrose division of Yorkshire by a majority of one over Mr. Christopher Sykes. He was, however, unseated on a scrutiny, but was returned for the St. Austell division of Cornwall at the bye-election in May 1887. Mr. McArthur was one of the Commissioners for New South Wales for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886, and is a director of the Bank of Australasia. He married in 1890 Florence Creemer, daughter of J. Creemer Clarke, formerly M.P. for Abingdon.