George Byng Scott

George Byng Scott (1824 – 17 February 1886) was an English-born Australian public servant, who served as Government Resident of the Northern Territory between 1873 and 1876.[1]


Born in Gillingham, Kent, England in 1824, Scott moved to South Australia in 1846, initially working as a farmer near Morgan. After a further four years as a gold miner, first in California, United States and then in Bendigo, Victoria, Scott became the Inspector of Police for the South-Eastern District of South Australia. At the same time, he served as a stipendiary magistrate. In 1859, he moved to be a magistrate in Naracoorte.[1]

From 6 October 1873 until 30 June 1876, Scott served as Government Resident of the Northern Territory. After his period in office, he returned to working as a stipendiary magistrate, first in Adelaide and then Mount Gambier. He continued in this latter role until his death on 17 February 1886.[1]

Personal life

Scott married twice and had 9 children. His first marriage was to Elizabeth née Taylor on 7 October 1843, with whom he had 2 children. Elizabeth died in November 1849. Scott remarried in July 1865, to Caroline née Ritchie. They had 7 children.[1]


Scott Street in the Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay is named in his honour.[1]


  1. "George Byng Scott" (PDF). Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
Government offices
Preceded by
William Bloomfield Douglas
Government Resident of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Edward William Price
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