James Hutchison (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
James Hutchison
James Hutchison.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hindmarsh
In office
16 December 1903 – 6 December 1909
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by William Archibald
Personal details
Born (1859-04-20)20 April 1859
Aberdeen, Scotland
Died 6 December 1909(1909-12-06) (aged 50)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Scottish Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Trebilcock
Occupation Journalist

James Hutchison (20 April 1859 – 6 December 1909) was a Labor representative in the South Australian House of Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives.

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.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Edgar, Suzanne (1983). "Hutchison, James (1859 - 1909)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  2. ^ "James Hutchison". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
John McPherson
Member for East Adelaide
Jan 1898 – May 1902
Served alongside: Johann Scherk
Seat abolished
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Hindmarsh
1903 – 1909
Succeeded by
William Archibald