AIREY, John Cole Moore (c.1806-1893)

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Allotments 1 & 2, at northern end of The Esplanade Allotments 1 & 2, at northern end of The Esplanade Part Plan of Parish of South Melbourne, Lands Department, PROV

John Cole Moore Airey was a naval officer, property speculator and grazier. He was the son of Lieutenant-General Sir George Airey (1761-1833) and his wife Catherine, daughter of the Baroness Talbot de Malahide. His younger brother was George Sherbrooke Airey (1810-1880). #4

According to O'Byrne's 'Naval Biographical Directory' (1849) he entered the Royal Navy on 1 January 1821 and became a Lieutenant in 1829. #6

He became an active purchaser of land in Victoria during the early Government land sales particularly in the areas near Geelong. At the first St Kilda Crown Land Sale on 7 December 1842 he purchased allotment 2 situated on the Esplanade. #1 He also owned property at Airey's Inlet, after whom the place is named #5, and 'Killingworth' on the Goulburn River. #3

He was the member of NSW Legislative Council for the Port Phillip District from 22.12.1847 until 20.6.1848, and Member of the Select Committee on Slaughter Houses 1848. #3

Airey became a member of the Melbourne Club in 1845. He eventually left the colony. #4

The King of Portugal made him a Viscount and he died in Lisbon on 17 July 1893.


   Source  Notes
 1 W. McIlroy, Melbourne's Land Sales Part 2, The Victorian Historical Magazine, vol.17 May1939, no.4, p.106 Airey purchases Crown Allotment 2 of 2a. 3r. 4p for £205.7.0
 2 NSW Parliamentary Record, Part 3, p6 Date of election Dec 1847
 3 Parliament of NSW, Former Members Index A-Z, retrieved 26 June 2014 Airey elected member of NSW Legislative Council for District of Port Phillip, 22.12.1847- 20.6.1848, Member of the Select Committee on Slaughter Houses 1848
 4 Paul de Seville, Pounds and Pedigrees, Oxford University Press Australia, Melbourne, 1991, p.270 Entry in the Melbourne Club member's biographies 
 5 John Airey, Wikipedia, retrieved 26 June 2014 Reference to naming of Airey's Inlet
 6 William R O'Byrne, A Naval Biographical Directory (1849), Cornell University, retrieved 28, June 2014 Outline of Royal Navy career
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