(1824–86), born Aberdeen, Scotland, was educated in Sydney and began a varied career as a journalist when he succeeded James Martin as editor of the Atlas in 1847. Subsequently he worked on the People's Advocate in Sydney, was a goldfields correspondent for the Empire and the Argus, edited the Bendigo Advertiser, was proprietor of the Riverine Herald, foundation editor of the Queenslander and helped to found the Sydney Daily Telegraph. In 1868–77 and 1883–86 he was a member of the Victorian parliament, serving several terms as a minister. He was the author of The Great Gold Field (1853) and A Visit to Sydney and the Cudgegong Diamond Mines (1870).
From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.