Robert Hope (Australian politician)

For other people of the same name, see Robert Hope.

Robert Culbertson Hope (12 May 1812 – 24 June 1878) was a medical practitioner and member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[1]

Life and work

Hope was born in Morebattle, Roxburghshire, Scotland, the son of Robert Hope, a landowner, and his wife Joan, née Culbertson.[2] Travelling as ship's surgeon on Lady Kennaway, Hope emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney in August 1838. In November 1856, Hope was elected to represent South Western Province in the Legislative Council of Victoria.[1] He served until around August 1864, and again from April 1867 until September 1874 when ill health forced him to resign.[2]


  1. 1 2 "Hope, Robert Culbertson". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  2. 1 2 Clark, Manning. "Hope, Robert Culbertson (1812–1878)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
Victorian Legislative Council
New district Member for South Western Province
With: James Henty 1856–64
William Roope 1856–60
John McCrae 1860–64
James Cowie 1856–58
George Selth Coppin 1858–63
Caleb Jenner 1863–64
James Strachan 1856–64
Succeeded by
John Lowe
Preceded by
John Lowe
Member for South Western Province
Served alongside: James Henty
John McCrae 1867–70
John Cumming 1870–74
Caleb Jenner 1867–1874
Thomas Learmonth 1867–1868
Philip Russell 1869–74
Succeeded by
Henry Cuthbert
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