Niel Black

Niel Black (26 August 1804 – 15 May 1880)[1] was an Australian colonial pastoral owner and politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[2]

Black was born at Kilbridemore, Cowal, Argyleshire, Scotland, the son of Archibald Black (died 1808), a farmer, and his wife Janet, née Macchananaich (Buchanan).[1]

Black emigrated to Australia in 1839, and went to the Camperdown district, where, as the representative partner of Mr. Finlay, of Castle Toward, Argyleshire, Mr. Stuart Gladstone, of Capenock, and Mr. Stewart, of Glenormiston, Perthshire, Scotland, he purchased the Glenormiston property.[3] The partnership, which was highly remunerative after 1846, continued until 1868, when the property was divided. Black bought Gladstone's portion, now known as Mount Noorat, and resided on it until his death on 15 May 1880. Black, who married Miss Grace Greenshiels Leadbetter, represented the Western Province from February 1859 to May 1880[2] in the Legislative Council, and was also a magistrate for the southern bailiwick. As a politician he was a staunch Conservative, and opposed the introduction of free education.[3]


  1. 1 2 Ward, Russel. "Black, Niel (1804–1880)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Black, Niel". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. 1 2 Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Black, Hon. Neil". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Daniel Tierney
Member for Western Province
February 1859 – May 1880
With: Stephen Henty 1859–70
William Skene 1870–76
Charles Sladen 1864–68, 1876–80
Charles Vaughan 1859–64
Robert Simson 1868–78
William Ross 1878–80
James Palmer 1859–70
Thomas McKellar 1870–75
Samuel Wilson 1875–80
Henry Miller 1859–66
James Strachan 1866–74
Thomas Bromell 1874–80
Succeeded by
Robert Simson

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