James McLachlan (Australian politician)

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James McLachlan
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Senator for South Australia
In office
1 July 1935 – 30 June 1947
Member for Wooroora
In office
6 April 1918 – 31 January 1930
Personal details
Born (1871-03-09)9 March 1871
Alma, South Australia
Died 1 December 1956(1956-12-01) (aged 85)
Political party UAP (1935–45)
Liberal (1945–47)
Spouse(s) Ellen Louisa Jury
Children four
Parents James and Catherine McLachlan
Occupation farmer, storekeeper, stock agent
Religion Christian (Church of Christ)[1]

James McLachlan (9 March 1871 – 1 December 1956) was an Australian politician. Born in Alma in the Mid North of South Australia, he was educated at Winham College before becoming a farmer at Dalkey near where he grew up. His parents James and Catherine, had both immigrated from Scotland.[1]

McLaghlan married Ellen Louisa Jury in 1894 and abandoned farming in 1902 following a severe drought. After working as a storekeeper and agent, he was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly as the Liberal member for Wooroora in 1918, serving until 1930. His father had held the same seat from 1893 to 1902. He resigned on 31 January 1930 to take up an appointment on the Pastoral Board of South Australia.[1]

In the 1934 election, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a United Australia Party Senator for South Australia, taking the seat from 1 July 1935. He held the seat until his retirement in 1946 (by which time he was a member of the Liberal Party). McLachlan died in 1956.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "McLACHLAN, James (1870–1956) Senator for South Australia, 1935–47 (United Australia Party; Liberal Party of Australia)". The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-23.