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Archibald Archer M.L.A., J.P., (18 March 1820 – 6 February 1902)[1] was a Queensland politician, a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, and Treasurer of Queensland. He was one of the Archer brothers, an early Queensland pioneering family.

Archibald Archer

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12th Treasurer of Queensland
In office
5 January 1882 – 13 November 1883
Preceded byThomas McIlwraith
Succeeded byJames Francis Garrick
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Rockhampton
In office
27 July 1867 – 19 November 1869
Preceded byThomas FitzGerald
Succeeded byHenry Milford
In office
5 May 1888 – 4 April 1896
Preceded byJohn Ferguson
Succeeded byWilliam Kidston
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Blackall
In office
28 November 1878 – 23 January 1886
Preceded byPeter MacDonald
Succeeded byWilliam Pattison
Personal details
Born(1820-03-13)13 March 1820
Fife, Scotland
Died6 February 1902(1902-02-06) (aged 81)
Larvik, Norway
RelationsArcher brothers
OccupationGrazier, Agent-General

Personal lifeEdit

Archibald Archer was born in Fife, Scotland on 18 March 1820, the son of William Archer, of Larvik, Norway.[2] At age 5, Archer went with his father to Norway and was educated in Norway. Later he spent five years in an engineering establishment in Scotland. Archer emigrated to Australia, where he arrived in 1842, but only stayed five months, subsequently spending thirteen years in the South Sea and Sandwich Islands. In the latter he was engaged on coffee and sugar plantations.[2]

Returning to Queensland in 1860, Archer took up his residence at Gracemere station.

In 1896, Archer left Australia[3] and died at the family's Norwegian estate, Tolderedden, Larvik, Norway on 6 February 1902 aged 81 years.[4]

Public lifeEdit

Archer was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Rockhampton from 27 July 1867 to 19 November 1869,[5] during which he assisted in passing the Land Act of 1868.

On 28 November 1878, Archer was elected again to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Blackall which he held until 23 January 1886.[5] During this term, he was Treasurer and Secretary for Public Instruction in the first Thomas McIlwraith Government from 5 January 1882 to 13 November 1883.[5]

On 5 May 1888, Archer was elected again to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Rockhampton (again) which he held until 4 April 1896.[5] Archer was a strong advocate of the subdivision of Queensland. In 1892 Mr. Archer visited England in company with John Ferguson as a deputation on behalf of the Central Queensland Territorial Separation League.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ O'Keeffe, Mary. "Archer, Archibald (1820–1902)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Archer, Archibald" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ "DEATH OF MR. A. ARCHER". The Capricornian. Rockhampton, Qld: National Library of Australia. 22 February 1902. p. 31. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ Death certificate for Archibald Archer (original in Norwegian plus English translation) within Supreme Court Central District Rockhampton Ecclesiastical Files 42/1902, accessed 26 February 2013 at Queensland State Archives
  5. ^ a b c d "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and of the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2013.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Thomas FitzGerald
Member for Rockhampton
Succeeded by
Henry Milford
Preceded by
Peter MacDonald
Member for Blackall
Succeeded by
William Pattison
Preceded by
John Ferguson
Member for Rockhampton
Served alongside: William Pattison, George Curtis
Succeeded by
William Kidston