James Campbell (Victorian politician)
James Campbell (1845 – 16 September 1893) was a politician in colonial Australia, member of the Victorian Legislative Council 1882 to 1886, and the Victorian Legislative Assembly 1892 until his death.
Campbell was born in Millport, Cumbrae, Scotland. and came to Victoria with his father, Mathew Campbell, in 1853. Mathew Campbell founded an engineering business at Ballarat, amassed wealth, and left his family in good circumstances. The business came into James Campbell's hands in 1863, and he stuck to it with great success until 1878, when he retired in order to travel. He paid visits to Europe in 1870, 1873, and 1878, and had a grand tour through Asia in 1886.
Campbell's travels through India, China, and Japan, and his journey across Siberia and through the Holy Land, furnished material for a series of well-written articles from his pen, and for a number of very interesting lectures which he delivered in Ballarat and elsewhere after his return.
After attempting but failing to win the Electoral district of Brighton against Thomas Bent in 1889, Campbell represented Benalla and Yarrawonga in the Assembly from May 1892 until his death on 16 September 1893.