Henry Binns  (I289)
Given Names: Henry
Surname: Binns

Gender: Male Male

Birth: 27 June 1837
Death: 6 June 1899 Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Personal Facts and Details
Birth 27 June 1837 Father27Mother26
Marriage 25 April 1861 (Age 23) Clara Acutt - Natal

Death 6 June 1899 (Age 61) Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Burial 9 June 1899 (3 days after death) Fort Napier, Military Cemetery

Last Change 27 January 2019 - 08:27:29 - by: binnsadmin


1841 Census at High St., age 3, Educated at Ackworth and York
1858 Emigrated to Natal leaving London on 1 June aboard 'Early Morn' (226 tons, Captain Lowry) with John Acutt, a relative, and his four daughters, arriving Port Natal, 14 September.
1860-1892 Started and managed sugar plantations in Natal
1861 Apr 25 Marriage at Riserto in the Parish of Newlam, Victoria, Natal of Henry Binns, Full age planter of Umhlanga, by licence with consent of John Acutt, father; and Clara Acutt age 16, spinster of Umhlanga, in the house of John Acutt Esq, Umhlanga; witnessed by John Acutt, Emily Acutt, Richard Acutt, and Sarah Acutt; by William A Elder.
1868 Returned briefly to England to establish the Umhlanga Valley Company.
1879 Nominee member of Legislative Council
1883-1899 Elected Member for Victoria County.
1886 May 15 Pall Mall Gazette: Interview with Henry Binns, a member of the Legislative Council of Natal.
1889 Mar 19 Leeds Mercury: Sir Michael Galway, Mr Binns, and Mr Greenacre have been appointed delegates for Natal to the Customs and Railway Conference which meets at Bloemfontein on March 20
1893 Sep 24 Reynolds Newspaper: Elections in Natal under new constitution conferring Responsible Government on the Colony. Mr Henry Binns was elected.
1893 Oct 28 Birmingham Daily Post: Natal parliament, it is almost certain that Mr Henry Binns will become leader of the Opposition.
1893 Dec 5 Will of Henry Binns; leaves everything to his wife and on her death to his son Percy Binns. Wife and Percy are executors
1893 Went with delegation to India to negotiate terms for return of indentured labourers when indentures expired.
1897 May 15 Aberdeen Weekly: Natal Loyalty; In the National Assembly, Mr Escombe moved a congratulatory address to the Queen, seconded by Mr Binns, leader of the opposition.
1897 Appointed Colonial Secretary and Minister for Agriculture.
1897 Sep 27 Belfast News-Letter: Mr Henry Binns re-elected in Natal
1897 Oct 6 Daily News: “Mr Bale having requested the Governor to summon Mr Binns to form a Cabinet, his Excellency acquiesced, and the following Ministry was constituted; Mr Binns, Premier and Colonial Secretary…”
1897 Sunderland Herald reported appointment, 13 Oct, p.3; "Sunderland has supplied a premier of Natal in the form of Mr. Henry Binns, eldest son of the late Mr. H. Binns of Sunderland and brother to Mr. J. J. Binns, managing director of Messrs. H.Binns and Sons and Co. Ltd. Henry Binns was born on the premises in High Street and emigrated to Natal about 35 years ago.
1897 Dec 18 Morning Post: The Zululand Annexation Bill has been passed. The Hon. Henry Binns, the Prime Minister, with a body of mounted police starts for Zululand today formally to take over the territory
1898 Advocated and brought about entry of Natal into South African customs union
1898 Aug 31 Aberdeen Weekly Journal: Sir Henry Binns potted biography.
1898 Aug 19 London Gazette: Knighted KCMG.
1899 Mar 24 Belfast News-Letter: Sir Henry Binns, Premier of Natal, has returned from Capetown, virtually restored to health.
1899 Death reported and obituaries in 'The Natal Mercury'and 'The Natal Witness' June 7th-10th 1899.
1899 Death reported in Sunderland Echo 7 Jun "Sir Henry Binns, prime minister of Natal died yesterday morning. He has suffered from brain trouble for some time, brought on by overwork"
1899 Jun 7 Pall Mall Gazette: Death of Sir Henry Binns
1899 Funeral chief mourners were Percy (son) and Mr. Swales [relationship not known]. Another account mentioned Mr. Leonard Acutt, Mr. G. W. Swales, Mr. E. L. Acutt, and Mr. J. S. Wylie. No account mentioned any females other than his widow. Message of condolence sent by Natal Indian Congress. Wreaths sent by among others Mr. and Mrs. William Acutt
1901 Sep 26 Sealed at London for Sir Henry Binns of Umblanga, Natal K.C.M.G. who died 6 Jun 1899 at Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Probate at Pietermaritzburg to Clara Binns and Percy Binns. £530 in the United Kingdom.
1910 Aug 4 Death Notice of Henry Binns, born Sunderland, England; father Henry Binns, born Sunderland, mother --- Binns (born Bowron); age 63; Prime Minister of Natal; wife Clara Binns, not in community; marriage in Apr1861 at Riverton, Natal; died 6 Jun 1899 at op John Hardy, Pietermaritzburg; residence Phoenix, Pretoria County, Natal; children Percy Binns of full age; left property and estate exceeding £100 and a will. Informant Percy Binns dated 4 Aug 1910 in Durban
1924 Oct 8 Final account for estate of late Sir Henry Binns to Ethel Laura Binns following the death of Percy Binns on 7 Jan 1920

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