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James Chataway

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Preceded by  Maurice Black
Resting place  Cleveland Cemetery
Succeeded by  Walter Paget
Political party  Ministerialist
James Chataway
Full Name  James Vincent Chataway
Born  6 September 1852 Warwickshire, England (1852-09-06)
Spouse(s)  Jessie Carlyle Little (m.1882 d.1934)
Occupation  Plantation owner, Newspaper proprietor
Died  12 April 1901, Brisbane, Australia

James Vincent Chataway (6 September 1852 - 12 April 1901) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.



Chataway was born in Warwickshire, England, the son of James Chataway and his wife Elizabeth (née Drinkwater) and was educated at Winchester College. He was at first destined for the Indian civil service but after a period of ill-health this was abandoned and he instead headed to Australia, arriving in 1873.

After his arrival he was in Victoria and New South Wales getting pastoral experience before arriving in Queensland where he worked as an auctioneer and owned a livery stable. He then took up an interest in Eton Plantation in the Mackay region before taking up the role as editor of the Mackay Mercury in 1883 and three years later owner of the newspaper. In 1892 he established the Mackay Sugar Journal and Tropical Cultivator.

On the 8th December 1882 Chataway married Jessie Carlyle Little (died 1934) and together had two sons and two daughters. He died in April 1901 and was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Ormiston (now known as the Cleveland Cemetery).

Public career

Chataway, representing the Ministerialists, became the junior member in the 2 member electorate of Mackay at the 1893 Queensland colonial election. He represented Mackay until his death in 1901. During his time in parliament he held the following ministerial portfolios:

  • Minister without Office 25 February 1898 to 2 March 1898
  • Secretary for Agriculture 2 March 1898 to 12 October 1898
  • Secretary for Public Lands and Agriculture 12 October 1898 to 1 December 1899
  • Secretary for Public Lands and Agriculture 7 December 1899 to 12 April 1901
  • References

    James Chataway Wikipedia

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