Benjamin Boyd (21 August 1801 – 15 October 1851) was a Scottish-born Australian pioneer and entrepreneur, and briefly, a politician. Boyd became one of the largest landholders and graziers of the Colony of New South Wales; before suffering financial difficulties and becoming bankrupt. Boyd briefly tried his luck on the Californian goldfields before being purportedly murdered on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Many of his business ventures involved blackbirding, the practise of coercing and kidnapping South Sea Islanders as slave labourers.

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  • Benjamin Boyd (21 August 1801 – 15 October 1851) was a Scottish-born Australian pioneer and entrepreneur, and briefly, a politician. Boyd became one of the largest landholders and graziers of the Colony of New South Wales; before suffering financial difficulties and becoming bankrupt. Boyd briefly tried his luck on the Californian goldfields before being purportedly murdered on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Many of his business ventures involved blackbirding, the practise of coercing and kidnapping South Sea Islanders as slave labourers. Boyd was a man of "an imposing personal appearance, fluent oratory, aristocratic connexions, and a fair share of commercial acuteness". Georgiana McCrae, with whom he had dinner when he first came to the Port Phillip District, looked at him with an artist's eye and said: "He is Rubens over again. Tells me he went to a bal masque as Rubens with his broad-leafed hat". (en)
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  • Member of theLegislative Council of New South Wales
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  • Benjamin Boyd (21 August 1801 – 15 October 1851) was a Scottish-born Australian pioneer and entrepreneur, and briefly, a politician. Boyd became one of the largest landholders and graziers of the Colony of New South Wales; before suffering financial difficulties and becoming bankrupt. Boyd briefly tried his luck on the Californian goldfields before being purportedly murdered on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Many of his business ventures involved blackbirding, the practise of coercing and kidnapping South Sea Islanders as slave labourers. (en)
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