Philip Henry Nind

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Philip Nind
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Logan
In office
28 November 1873 – 27 May 1874
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byHimself
In office
8 June 1874 – 3 April 1875
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byAdam Black
Personal details
Philip Henry Nind

(1831-04-07)7 April 1831
Wargrave, Berkshire, England
Died9 March 1896(1896-03-09) (aged 64)
Lashlake House, Thame, England
NationalityEnglish Australian
Alma materEton College, Christ Church, Oxford
OccupationGold commissioner, Magistrate, Explorer

Philip Henry Nind (7 April 1831 – 9 March 1896) was an English rower and gold commissioner in colonial British Columbia. He was also a politician in Queensland, Australia, where he was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Philip Henry Nind was born in Wargrave, Berkshire on 7 April 1831, the son of Rev. Philip Henry Nind and his wife Agnes Bussell.[1][2] He attended Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford where he was a proficient rower.[3] In the 1852 Boat Race, he rowed No 3 in the winning Oxford boat stroked by J W Chitty. At Henley Royal Regatta, he won Silver Goblets in 1852 partnering H R Barker [4] and was also a member of the winning Oxford four in the Stewards' Challenge Cup.[5] In 1853 Nind was a member of the winning Oxford eight in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley and was also again in the winning Oxford four in Stewards' Challenge Cup. He was a member of the crew in the winning Oxford Boat in the 1854 Boat Race.[6]

British Columbia[edit]

In 1860 Nind took the position of Gold Commissioner and JP for Cariboo, British Columbia as the Cariboo Gold Rush was just getting under way. William Pinchbeck accompanied Nind to Williams Lake to create a local government and bring law and order to the area. Nind had originally considered Fort Alexandria for this purpose but chose Williams Lake instead as it was at a junction of two main pack trails: one from the Douglas Road and another through the Fraser Canyon.[7] While stationed in the Cariboo Nind wrote voluminous letters and reports to Vancouver Island governor James Douglas in Victoria, telling him about the many developments taking place in the district. In 1861 Nind had a government house built and requested the construction of a jail. By the middle of the year he was severely overworked causing him insomnia and a nervous twitch, In October he requested leave and in December went to England. It took three men to replace him in the work he had been doing.[8] He was succeeded as gold commissioner by Thomas Elwyn until Elwyn resigned later in the year through conflict of interest in having his own claim.[9] Nind returned to British Columbia with his new wife in 1863. When the gold escort was temporarily revived in 1863 Elwyn was made second in command to Nind[10] Nind was moved around from one backwater post to another until he resigned in 1866.

Queensland, Australia[edit]

In 1869 Nind and his wife moved to Queensland, Australia.[11] He was for a time in North Queensland where he was active in exploration. On 4 October 1873 he accompanied George Elphinstone Dalrymple and Sub-Inspector Robert Johnstone in entering the Glady's River.[12][13]

In conjunction with Mr Fursden, Nind established a farm on the Pimpama River of about 2000 acres with about 80 acres of sugarcane.[14]

He became a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Logan from 28 November 1873 to 27 May 1874 and from 8 June 1874 to 3 April 1875. The first election was declared void.[3] He was elected to the Legislative Assembly by a very small majority.[15]

Later life[edit]

In 1876 Nind returned to England as an emigration lecturer appointed by the Queensland Government.[16][17] He died on 9 March 1896 at Lashlake House, Thame, Oxfordshire, England aged 64.[3]

Nind Street in Southport is named after him.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Baptism index for Philip Henry Nind". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Philip Henry Nind entry in the 1891 UK Census". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Nind, Philip Henry". Queensland Parliament. Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839-1939 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ R C Lehmann The Complete Oarsman Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Walter Bradford Woodgate Boating 1888
  7. ^ Stangoe, Irene (1994). Cariboo Chilcotin Pioneer People and Places. Heritage House. pp. 10–11. ISBN 1-895811-12-0.
  8. ^ Branwen Christine Patenaude Ruby Red and Goldrush Yellow
  9. ^ The people of the Cariboo gold rush Archived 12 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ ELWYN, THOMAS Archived 15 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Williams Cariboo Archived 9 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ A Chronology of Innisfail and District, Far North Queensland Archived 28 May 2007 at
  13. ^ R. A. Ovenden "The Johnstone River" 2004
  14. ^ "THE PIMPAMA RIVER". The Queenslander. VIII (396). 6 September 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 12 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Mr. Nind in Explanation". The Queenslander. 14 February 1874. p. 9. Retrieved 30 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "Queensland". Australian Town and Country Journal. XIII (421). New South Wales, Australia. 6 May 1876. p. 24. Retrieved 12 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "PARLIAMENT". The Telegraph. Brisbane. 29 September 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 30 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ Hannah, Isobel (1944). "The parliamentary representatives of S.E. Queensland : some electioneering incidents". The Historical Society of Queensland Journal. 3 (3): 193–208. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017 – via Text Queensland.
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Logan
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member for Logan
Succeeded by
Adam Black