See also
Boyle FINNISS's other family: with Anne Frances ROGERSON (1819-1858)

Family of Boyle Travers FINNISS and Sophia Florence Maud LYNCH

Husband: Boyle Travers FINNISS (1807-1893)
Wife: Sophia Florence Maud LYNCH (1845?- )
Children: Coraly Newton Maud FINNISS (1884-1890)
Marriage 3 May 1878 St Matthew Church, Kensington, Adelaide

Husband: Boyle Travers FINNISS

Name: Boyle Travers FINNISS 1,2
Sex: Male
Father: John FINNIS (1785-1854)
Mother: Susanna MAJOR (1799-1815)
Birth 18 Aug 1807 off Cape of Good Hope aboard vessel 'Warbey'
Death 24 Dec 1893 (age 86) Kensington Park, nr Adelaide

Wife: Sophia Florence Maud LYNCH

Name: Sophia Florence Maud LYNCH 1,3
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1845 (app) Australia

Child 1: Coraly Newton Maud FINNISS

Name: Coraly Newton Maud FINNISS 1,3
Sex: Female
Birth 2 Sep 1884 Australia
Death 18 Apr 1890 (age 5) Kent Town, Adelaide

Note on Husband: Boyle Travers FINNISS (1)

source Bruce Ingram/Malcolm Purvis

Note on Husband: Boyle Travers FINNISS (2)

Elected: 1857, by Adelaide to new House of Assembly

Fact 1: Bet. October 24, 1856 - August 21, 1857, First premier of South Australia

Fact 2: Bet. 1833 - 1844, superintended construction of major bridge in Mauritius

Fact 4: November 28, 1843, Commissioner of police & police magistrate

Fact 5: April 28, 1847, Registrar-General & Treasurer

Fact 6: March 1864, Appointed government resident in the NorthernTerritories

Fact 7: Portrait by S.T. Gill in the National Gallery, Adelaide

Military service: 1825, Ensign in the 88th regiment

Boyle Travers Finnis, a top-ranking Sandhurst cadet, army officer, surveyor, public servant and politician, played an important role in the establishment of South Australia. He became involved with the venture in October 1835 and was an early colonist arriving in South Australia before the 'Buffalo'. A prominent public figure during the first decades of South Australian settlement, in 1857 Boyle Finniss became the first Premier in the newly formed South Australian Parliament. Arriving from England at Kangaroo Island in 1836, he was an assistant to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, and played a role in the laying out of the City of Adelaide and its immediate surroundings. In 1838 he formed a surveying firm with Light, and in the early 1840's established several other business interests. The eventual failure of these saw him return to public service, first as Commissioner of Police, then as Treasurer. He was appointed Colonial Secretary in 1851 with the approval of the semi-democratic enlarged Legislative Council, a position in which he remained until it was made redundant by the establishment of self-government as set out under the radical new constitution of 1856. Although he officially became Premier in 1856 by virtue of his previous status asColonial Secretary, he did not take an active role until his election to the House of Assembly in the first Parliamentary elections of March 1857. As was to be the case with many of his successors, his Premiership was a brief one, lasting less than fourmonths from April to August 1857. He was active in politics until 1862 and held several positions in public office, including Auditor-General from 1876 to his resignation in 1881. Finniss wrote 'The Constitutional History of South Australia' in his retirement, reflecting that it was largely the lack of clear, party-based ideologies that caused such political instability in the early years of self-government - a period that would see forty seven different governments in the thirty six years to 1893. Finniss died in 1893, in Adelaide.

Note on Husband: Boyle Travers FINNISS (3)

Burial: West Terrace Cemetary.

Note on Wife: Sophia Florence Maud LYNCH

Bruce Ingram


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2Bruce Ingram/Malcolm Purvis
3Bruce Ingram