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James Mathews (Australian politician)

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Preceded by  Samuel Mauger
Role  Australian Politician
Resigned  November 27, 1931
Name  James Mathews
Succeeded by  Jack Holloway
Party  Australian Labor Party
Nationality  Australian
Died  October 16, 1934

James Mathews (Australian politician)

Political party  Australian Labor Party

James Mathews (1865 – 16 October 1934) was an Australian politician who held the safe federal Labor seat of Melbourne Ports from 1906 (when he defeated Samuel Mauger) until 1931. Prior to politics, Mathews had a career in primary education and was a tailor and small business owner in South Melbourne, Victoria.

In 1910, Mathews won Melbourne Ports against Liberal candidate, Alexander Ramsey, former MLA of Williamstown with a 20% margin. In 1913, he was challenged by Liberal candidate, Charles Merrett and won a 29.2% margin. In 1914, 1919 and 1928, Mathews was elected to Melbourne Ports unopposed. When he was challenged in 1917 by Nationalist candidate William Fozard, however, his margin was decreased to 16.3%. In 1922, Mathews was challenged by Nationalist candidate Selwyn Neale and was elected with a 23.1% margin, whereas in 1925, Nationalist candidate Francis Wilder challenged Mathews and decreased his margin by 5.4%.

Jack Holloway replaced Mathews as the next member for Melbourne Ports in 1931.


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