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Santo, Philip, entered the Parliament of South Australia, and was Commissioner of Public Works in the Waterhouse Ministry, from Oct. 8th to 17th, 1861, and in the first five Ayers Ministries, from July 1863 to July 1864, from July to August 1864, from Sept. to Oct. 1865, May 1867 to Sept. 1868, and Oct. to Nov. 1868 respectively. In 1881 he retired from public life, but subsequently made several unsuccessful attempts to re-enter Parliament. He died at the age of seventy-one, on Dec. 17th, 1889.