Chester Manifold

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Chester Manifold
Chester Manifold.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Corangamite
In office
29 March 1901 – 23 November 1903
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Gratton Wilson
In office
31 May 1913 – 23 October 1918
Preceded by James Scullin
Succeeded by William Gibson
Personal details
Born (1867-02-10)10 February 1867
Died 30 October 1918(1918-10-30) (aged 51)
At sea, Pacific Ocean
Nationality Australian
Political party Protectionist (1901–09)
Liberal (1909–17)
Nationalist (1917–18)
Spouse(s) Lilian Eva Curle
Occupation Landowner

James Chester Manifold (10 February 1867 – 30 October 1918) was an Australian politician and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Manifold attended Geelong Grammar School, and went to England with his family in 1881; however, the northern climate did not agree with his health, so the family returned. He subsequently attended Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, and, when he came into possession of a property, he used it mostly to rent for dairy farmers, to whom he later sold the land. He was a member of Hampden Shire Council in the 1890s, being its president twice. On 11 March 1891, he married Lilian Eva Curle.

Federal politics[edit]

Manifold was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the inaugural member for Corangamite in 1901, representing the Protectionist Party. He retired in 1903 due to ill health, but was persuaded to oppose the sitting Labor member, future Prime Minister James Scullin, in 1913 for the Commonwealth Liberal Party. He defeated Scullin in the election of that year. He held the seat until his unexpected death of pneumonia at sea during a trip to North America on 30 October 1918; he was buried at sea. He was survived by a son (Chester "Thomas" Manifold jnr) and a daughter. A statue of Manifold by Nelson Illingworth was unveiled by Prime Minister Stanley Bruce at Camperdown, Victoria in 1921.

Chester's son, Sir Chester Manifold Jnr was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1929-1935 representing the electoral district of Hampden for the Nationalist Party and later the United Australia Party.[1]


  1. ^ Parliament of Victoria - Retrieved 2011-01-03
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
new seat
Member for Corangamite
Succeeded by
Gratton Wilson
Preceded by
James Scullin
Member for Corangamite
Succeeded by
William Gibson