James McColl (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
29 March 1901 – 5 November 1906
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Albert Palmer|
|Senator for Victoria|
1 January 1907 – 5 September 1914
|Born||31 January 1844|
South Shields, England
|Died||20 February 1929 (aged 85)|
|Political party||Protectionist (1901–04) |
|Spouse(s)||1) Emily Boyle |
2) Sarah Ann Thomas
|Relations||Hugh McColl (father)|
James Hiers McColl (31 January 1844 – 20 February 1929) was an Australian politician.
McColl was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, the son of Hugh McColl, and migrated with his family to Australia in 1853, but his mother died before they landed in Melbourne. McColl was educated at the Model School, Sandhurst and for a time at Scotch College, Melbourne. He married Emily Boyle in January 1867 and subsequently became an insurance agent and legal manager.
McColl supported irrigation and closer settlement and won the seat of Mandurang in the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1886, moving to the seat of Gunbower in 1889. He was Minister of Mines and of Water Supply from January 1893 to September 1894 and President of the Board of Land and Works, Commissioner Crown Lands and Survey and Minister Forests from December 1899 to November 1900. As minister, he was responsible for the first purchase of large estates so that they could be sub-divided for closer settlement.
McColl was a strong supporter of Australian federation and won the House of Representatives seat of Echuca at the first federal election, in 1901 as a Protectionist. At the 1906 election, he moved to the Senate, his term commencing on 1 January 1907. He was the first person to have served in both houses of the federal parliament.
McColl bought an irrigation farm at Gunbower (near Cohuna), but later retired to the Melbourne suburb of Deepdene. His first wife had died in 1898 and he remarried Sarah Ann Thomas in January 1900. He died in Melbourne, survived by his wife and their two sons and a daughter and two daughters from his first marriage.
| Vice-President of the Executive Council
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division|| Member for Echuca