James Hutchison (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
16 December 1903 – 6 December 1909
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||William Archibald|
20 April 1859|
|Died||6 December 1909
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jane Trebilcock|
Hutchison was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, received a primary educated and was eventually apprenticed as a compositor on the Daily Free Press and attended the mechanics' institute. He migrated to South Australia in 1884 with fellow worker, John McPherson and they found work on the South Australian Register. In 1886, he married Mary Jane Trebilcock. In 1888, Hutchison and McPherson were sacked for taking part in a strike over their paper's opposition to union labor. In 1889 Hutchison established a press, Hutchison, Craker & Smith with two other sacked compositors and in 1890 began publishing a satirical paper, Quiz.
In December 1897, John McPherson who had been elected as the United Labor Party member for the seat of East Adelaide in the South Australian House of Assembly died and Hutchison won the subsequent by-election on 22 January 1898. In the House he supported the federation of Australia and White Australia. In his opposition to a bill authorising the take-over and electrification of some of Adelaide's horse tram lines, he made remarks about Charles Tucker, a supporter of the bill, which led Tucker to sue for libel, bankrupting Hutchison in April 1902. The seat of East Adelaide was abolished at the May 1902 election, Hutchison was not elected to any of the new seats.
At the 1903 federal election, Hutchison won the House of Representatives seat of Hindmarsh. From November 1908 until June 1909 Hutchison was an honorary minister in the first Fisher ministry representing the Minister for Defence in the House of Representatives. He died suddenly in Melbourne from "inflammation of the kidneys and gall bladder", survived by his wife and six children.
|South Australian House of Assembly|
|Member for East Adelaide
Jan 1898 – May 1902
Served alongside: Johann Scherk
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division||Member for Hindmarsh
1903 – 1909