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James Hutchison (Australian politician)

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Preceded by  New seat
Name  James Hutchison
Resigned  1909
Occupation  Journalist
Succeeded by  William Archibald
Party  Australian Labor Party
Nationality  Scottish Australian
Spouse  Mary Trebilcock

James Hutchison (Australian politician)
Born  20 April 1859 Aberdeen, Scotland (1859-04-20)
Role  Former Member of the Australian House of Representatives
Died  December 6, 1909, Melbourne, Australia
Previous office  Member of the Australian Parliament (1903–1909)

Political party  Australian Labor Party

James Hutchison (20 April 1859 – 6 December 1909) was a Labor representative in the South Australian House of Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives.

Hutchison was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, received a primary educated and was eventually apprenticed as a compositor on the Daily Free Press and attended the mechanics' institute. He migrated to South Australia in 1884 with fellow worker, John McPherson and they found work on the South Australian Register. In 1886, he married Mary Jane Trebilcock. In 1888, Hutchison and McPherson were sacked for taking part in a strike over their paper's opposition to union labor. In 1889 Hutchison established a press, Hutchison, Craker & Smith with two other sacked compositors and in 1890 began publishing a satirical paper, Quiz.

Political career

In December 1897, John McPherson who had been elected as the United Labor Party member for the seat of East Adelaide in the South Australian House of Assembly died and Hutchison won the subsequent by-election on 22 January 1898. In the House he supported the federation of Australia and White Australia. In his opposition to a bill authorising the take-over and electrification of some of Adelaide's horse tram lines, he made remarks about Charles Tucker, a supporter of the bill, which led Tucker to sue for libel, bankrupting Hutchison in April 1902. The seat of East Adelaide was abolished at the May 1902 election, Hutchison was not elected to any of the new seats.

At the 1903 federal election, Hutchison won the House of Representatives seat of Hindmarsh. From November 1908 until June 1909 Hutchison was an honorary minister in the first Fisher ministry representing the Minister for Defence in the House of Representatives. He died suddenly in Melbourne from "inflammation of the kidneys and gall bladder", survived by his wife and six children.

References

James Hutchison (Australian politician) Wikipedia


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