Macaulay, Thomas Bahington (1800-1859)

Thomas Bahington Macaulay was of Hebridean stock.

For seven years he represented Edinburgh in the House of Commons, where he sat in Lord Melbourne’s Cabinet.

He was a prolific contributor to the Edinburgh Review, which was widely read in the colonies.

His History of England, a classic in spite of defects and a phenomenal best seller, was an invigorating tonic for battling colonists.

It did what Macaulay said it would do —inspired hope.

Macaulay Road North Melbourne was named in his honor.

Source. (1) Northern Advertiser, May 10, 1973. Blanchard collection, “What’s in a Name” at North Melbourne Library.