Louis Heydon

Louis Francis Heydon (1848 – 1918) solicitor, parliamentarian
Entering the Legislative Assembly in January, 1882, as member for Yass Plains, he quickly made his way in politics.  In 1885 he became the Minister for Justice.  He entered the Legislative Council in 1889.  He was recognised, as one of the best debaters in the House. Heydon was president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Australia from 1897, a director of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia and a committee-member of the United Charities Fund

Born in Sydney, the son of Mr. J. K. Heydon, he was educated at St. Mary’s Seminary, and afterwards at the Sydney Grammar School. As in the case of his brother, Mr. Justice Heydon, the President of the State Industrial Arbitration Court, he was attracted by the law, and he became one of Sydney s leading solicitors.

Entering the Legislative Assembly in January, 1882, as member for Yass Plains, he quickly made his way in politics, and he was Minister for Justice in Sir John Robertson’s Ministry from December 22, 1885, to February 4, 1886. He resigned from the Assembly in 1886, and he entered the Legislative Council in 1889. He was always prominent in debate. He was recognised, indeed, as one of the best debaters in the House. He brought a keen intellect and a broad outlook to bear on every measure that came before him as a member of the Chamber, and his knowledge of Parliamentary procedure was equalled by that of few other men in the House.

He was a man of fine literary attainments, and was a member of the Shakespeare and other well-known societies. In art matters, too, he was very interested.

A prominent member of the Roman Catholic Church, he took a keen interest in all matters relating to that denomination. He was president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, with which institution he had been connected since its foundation many years ago. In the early days of the war he was prominently identified with the movement for the early closing of hotels.

Complete article :  http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/heydon-louis-francis-1104

Heydon was president of St Joseph’s Investment and Building Society from 1892 and the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Australia from 1897, a director of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia and a committee-member of the United Charities Fund. He served on the State Children Relief Board in 1892-1918. Associated with the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts debating club in his youth, he was later a member of the Shakespeare Society of New South Wales.

Complete article : http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090701b.htm

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