Phillip Russell

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Phillip Russell was an annual governor on the subscriber's list of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870.[1]



BALLARAT, Thursday.
The latest intelligence from Carngham indicates that the condition of Mr Philip Russell is most critical, and that very faint hopes are entertained of his recovery. He had a stroke of paralysis early on Tuesday morning, and Dr Pinnock, who is the family physician, was at once sent for. The patient's condition being alarming, Dr Pin nook asked Dr Hudson to consult with him, that gentleman having prior to his retirement from practice attended Mr Russell.
Both doctors say that there are very faint hopes of his rallying, and that if he should rally he is not likely to survive very long. They are in constant attendance, one during the night and the other during the day. This attack was not unexpected, and the family have been warned for some years past that when it came it would probably either prove fatal or leave the patient without the power of movement.
Mr Philip Russell died at 8 o'clock this evening.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, leaving Carngham house for the Carngham Cemetery, at 3 o'clock p.m. Numerous friends from all pirts of the colony will probably be present, as well as many members of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association, of which the deceased gentleman was a life governor.
Mr Russell was the son of a farmer of Fifeshire, Scotland and was born on the 20th of June 1822. He sailed from Gravesend in August, 1842, and arrived at Hobart in the same year in the ship Calcutta. Thence he came to Victoria in 1843, and entered into pastoral pursuits. Carngham Station was purchased, and has ever since been his place of residence. Subsequently he bought Langi Wills Station, near Skipton. The deceased visited the old country in 1852, 1862, ind 1876. He was by no means exclusively immersed in his own concerns, being ever ready to promote charitable movements and assist in the development of such industries as he felt an interest in. For many years he was a member of the Ripon Shire Council, and he was appointed a JP as far back as 1853. Actuated by charitable feelings, he organised a widows and orphans fund for the district in which he lived and this example was followed by other districts in the colony. He was always ready to befriend his poorer neighbours. He was repeatedly elected president of the Ballarat Agricultural Society, and the great services he rendered to agriculture have often been publicly acknowledged. One practical way in which he assisted this industry was by competing at shows, and he won innumerable prizes. He was among the first squatters who fenced in then runs before acquiring the freehold, and he paid great attention to stock breeding, and particularly to merinoes. It is stated that he was one of the first pastoral settlers to engage a tutor for his station. He also supported various kinds of sports, having been a member of and often a prominent office bearer in the Ballarat Yacht Club and other sporting associations there. With regard to his Parliamentary career, he was returned for the South-Western Province at the biennieal election for the Legislative Council under the old system on the 4th September, 1880, in place of Mr John Cumming who retired. His opponent was Mr J.H. Connor, M L C. The voting on that occasion was: - For Mr Russell, 1,187, for Mr Connor, 840. Mr Russell was not a prominent member of the Chamber, at least he did not speak very often. During the session in 1880-1 he opposed the Land Tax Amendment Bill of the Berry Government and supported the division of the Payment ot Members Bill whereby the remuneration of members of the Assembly alone was legalised. In the debate on this question he said that the Council, in his opinion, was not called upon to decide whether or not the Assembly should be paid. That was a question to be left to the electors of the Lower House. On the Reform Bill he advocated s reduction of the franchise of the Upper House, and suggested that for freeholders the qualification should be £20 per annum, and for leaseholders either £30 or £40 per annum. He desired to see the number of voters increased to 100 000 and the number of members to 42. In the compromise which took place on this question he supported the action of the Council's representatives. On one occasion, when the Treasury Bonds Bill 1880 was before the Chamber, he expressed rather advanced views on the question of municipal government. He said that the necessity for any such measure might be obviated if, for instance, the endowments to local bodies were discontinued, and he further believed that the councils should undertake the construction of all roads and bridges without appealing to the Government for assistance. The deceased gentleman leaves three sons Messrs James, George, and Philip Leslie, the latter being a youth. The two first named are the owners of the Eli Elwall Station, near Hay, Riverina, but Mr George Russell has generally resided with his father of late years, and both are as much respected as they are well known in the Ballarat district.[2]

See also

Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat



  1. Address on the Opening of the School of Mines, at Ballaarat, Victoria, delivered by Sir Redmond Barry, on Wednesday, October 26th, A.D. 1870. Ballarat: Evans Brothers, 1870, page 51. [Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre.]
  2. The Argus, 15 July 1892.

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