James Merriman (politician)

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James Merriman (23 October 1816 – 13 May 1883) was an Australian politician.

He was born at Parramatta to George and Mary Merriman. His parents died while he was very young and he was raised by guardians; he was first indentured as a cooper, and then was a whaler for four years. In 1843 he married Anne Thompson, with whom he had five children, one of whom, George, would later serve as a politician. Around 1850 he returned to settle at Sydney, where he ran shipping services between Sydney and New Zealand. From 1867 to 1883 he served on Sydney City Council, including periods as mayor in 1873 and from 1877 to 1878. In 1877 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for West Sydney, but he did not re-contest in 1880. Merriman died in Sydney in 1883.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr James Merriman (1816 - 1883)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Booth
Henry Dangar
George Dibbs
Member for West Sydney
Served alongside: Angus Cameron, John Harris, Daniel O'Connor
Succeeded by
Francis Abigail
William Martin
Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael Chapman
Mayor of Sydney
Succeeded by
Stephen Goold
Preceded by
Benjamin Palmer
Mayor of Sydney
Succeeded by
Charles Roberts