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Zebina Bartholomew Lane

Date: 27 January 1856
Place: Mt Moliagul, near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Son of Zebina Lane, mining engineer, and Mary Kearney
Marriage and Family
Married 12 February 1878, Sandhurst, Victoria to Euphemia Leslie (born circa 1852), daughter of Alexander and Mary Scott
Children: two sons and one daughter
Date: 20 October 1912
Place: Berlin, Germany
Church of England
Engineer and businessperson
Employment History
1871 managed Silver Mines Lode at St Arnaud, Victoria
Joined Intercolonial Smelting Company at Kyneton
Eight years in New Zealand on Haurahi goldfields and visited California
Mining engineer living in Ballarat 1878
Arrived Broken Hill 1885, managed Consolidated North Broken Hill and Junction North
During 1892 managed Block 14 Mine and during strike ‘hanged and burned in effigy’
1886 secretary, 1892 president Barrier Amalgamated Mining Managers’ Association
Visited Coolgardie November 1893
Floated mining companies in London including Great Boulder and Iron Duke in 1894
Consultant engineer and attorney to Great Boulder until 1899, made frequent promotional trips to London
Formed syndicate which floated Great Boulder Perseverance mine in 1895
Later invested in urban development and jarrah timber trade
1899 founded Collie Proprietary Coalfields Company
1901 substantial investor real estate East Perth and Norwood
1901 assisted J MacCallum Smith to purchase Sunday Times
Built briquette plant in Bunbury and travelled extensively
Honorary Colonel WA 1st Battalion Infantry
Floated mines in Central and South America, acquired mine in Flowerdale estate in Victoria
Local Government Service
Broken Hill Municipal Council (first in Broken Hill) 1888
Mayor August 1889–1890
Date Elected
11 September 1903
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Metropolitan–Suburban Province, 11 September 1903 (by-election)–21 May 1908
Justice of the Peace 1895
Lived in Perth from 1903
1910 left WA to retire in Victoria
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 118.
Australian Dictionary of Biography:
Kearns, RHB. Broken Hill, 1883–1893 (Broken Hill, no date)
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 331.
Western Critic, 24 September 1903.
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