James Drake

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The Honourable
James Drake
James Drake.jpg
Senator for Queensland
In office
30 March 1901 – 31 December 1906
Personal details
Born (1850-04-26)26 April 1850
London, England
Died 1 August 1941(1941-08-01) (aged 91)
Brisbane
Nationality English Australian
Political party Protectionist Party
Occupation Storekeeper, journalist

James George Drake (26 April 1850 – 1 August 1941), Australian politician, was a member of the first federal ministry.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Drake was born in London and educated at King's College School, and migrated to Australia in 1873, working as a storekeeper and journalist in Queensland. He became a shorthand reporter for the Parliament of Queensland in 1876 until he was admitted as a barrister in 1882.

Political career[edit]

A Protectionist, he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the Electoral district of Enoggera from 12 May 1888 to 7 December 1899. Following his period as an elected representative, he was appointed a life Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland on 7 December 1899, during which he was Postmaster-General and Secretary for Public Instruction in Queensland. Although membership of the Legislative Council was a life appointment, he resigned on 13 May 1901 in order to pursue a career in newly established federal parliament.[1][2]

Drake was an early and energetic supporter of Australia. He was elected to the Australian Senate in 1901 as a Senator for Queensland. He was Postmaster-General 1901–03 in the ministry of Edmund Barton. He was Minister for Defence 1903, Attorney General 1903–04 and Vice-President of the Executive Council 1904–05. He was left out of Alfred Deakin's second ministry and retired from parliament in 1906. He stood for the Queensland state seat of North Brisbane in 1907, but only gained 137 votes.[1]

Drake was state crown prosecutor from 1910 to 1920.

Death[edit]

He died in Brisbane Hospital, survived by four children from his marriage to Mary Street in 1897.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gibbney, H. J. (1981). "Drake, James George (1850–1941)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 19 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Former Members Register". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Robert Dickson & Robert Bulcock
(dual member constituency)
Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Electoral district of Enoggera

12 May 1888 - 7 December 1899
Succeeded by
Matthew Reid
Preceded by
Legislative Council of Queensland
7 December 1899 - 13 May 1901
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Forrest
Postmaster-General
1901–03
Succeeded by
Philip Fysh
Preceded by
Alfred Deakin
Attorney General
1903–04
Succeeded by
H.B. Higgins
Preceded by
John Forrest
Minister for Defence
1901–03
Succeeded by
Austin Chapman
Preceded by
Gregor McGregor
Vice-President of the Executive Council
1904–05
Succeeded by
Thomas Ewing