James Chataway

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The Honourable
James Chataway
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The Late Hon. J. V. Chataway, MLA, Minister for Agriculture
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mackay
In office
29 April 1893 – 12 April 1901
Serving with David Dalrymple
Preceded by Maurice Black
Succeeded by Walter Paget
Personal details
Born James Vincent Chataway
(1852-09-06)6 September 1852
Warwickshire, England
Died 12 April 1901(1901-04-12) (aged 48)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Cleveland Cemetery
Political party Ministerialist
Spouse(s) Jessie Carlyle Little (m.1882 d.1934)
Occupation Plantation owner, Newspaper proprietor

James Vincent Chataway (6 September 1852 - 12 April 1901) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Biography[edit]

Chataway was born in Warwickshire, England, the son of James Chataway and his wife Elizabeth (née Drinkwater)[1] and was educated at Winchester College. He was at first destined for the Indian civil service but after a period of ill-health this was abandoned and he instead headed to Australia, arriving in 1873.[2]

After his arrival he was in Victoria and New South Wales getting pastoral experience before arriving in Queensland where he worked as an auctioneer and owned a livery stable.[1] He then took up an interest in Eton Plantation in the Mackay region before taking up the role as editor of the Mackay Mercury in 1883 and three years later owner of the newspaper. In 1892 he established the Mackay Sugar Journal and Tropical Cultivator.[1]

On the 8th December 1882 Chataway married Jessie Carlyle Little (died 1934)[3] and together had two sons and two daughters. He died in April 1901 and was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Ormiston[4] (now known as the Cleveland Cemetery).[5]

Public career[edit]

Chataway, representing the Ministerialists, became the junior member in the 2 member electorate of Mackay at the 1893 Queensland colonial election.[6] He represented Mackay until his death in 1901. During his time in parliament he held the following ministerial portfolios:[1]

  • Minister without Office 25 February 1898 to 2 March 1898
  • Secretary for Agriculture 2 March 1898 to 12 October 1898
  • Secretary for Public Lands and Agriculture 12 October 1898 to 1 December 1899
  • Secretary for Public Lands and Agriculture 7 December 1899 to 12 April 1901

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "HIS CAREER.". The Brisbane Courier. LVII, (13,495). Queensland, Australia. 13 April 1901. p. 5. Retrieved 22 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Jessie Carlyle Little HugononFind A Grave. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ "FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.". The Brisbane Courier. LVII, (13,495). Queensland, Australia. 13 April 1901. p. 5. Retrieved 22 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ James Vincent ChatawayFind A Grave. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ "THE GENERAL ELECTION". Morning Bulletin. XLVI, (9175). Queensland, Australia. 1 May 1893. p. 5. Retrieved 22 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Maurice Black
Member for Mackay
1893–1901
Served alongside: David Dalrymple
Succeeded by
Walter Paget