|Senator for Queensland|
30 March 1901 – 31 December 1906
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly|
12 May 1888 – 7 December 1899
|Preceded by||James Dickson|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Reid|
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Council|
17 December 1899 – 13 May 1901
James George Drake
26 April 1850
|Died||1 August 1941 (aged 91)|
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Resting place||Toowong Cemetery|
|Political party||Protectionist Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Street (m.1897 d.1924)|
|Occupation||Barrister, Journalist, Politician, Crown Prosecutor, Judge|
James George Drake (26 April 1850 – 1 August 1941) was an Australian politician. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council and a member of the first federal ministry as an Australian Senator.
Early life, education, and early career
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.
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.
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.
He died in Brisbane Hospital and was buried in Toowong Cemetery. He was the last surviving member of the Barton, Reid and the first Deakin Cabinet. Drake was survived by four children from his marriage to Mary Street in 1897.
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- "Former Members Register". Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
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- Drake James George Archived 8 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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James Robert Dickson & Robert Bulcock
(dual member constituency)
| Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Electoral district of Enoggera
12 May 1888 – 7 December 1899
|| Legislative Council of Queensland
7 December 1899 – 13 May 1901
| Attorney General
| Minister for Defence
| Vice-President of the Executive Council