James Rowell

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James Rowell
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Senator for South Australia
In office
24 May 1917 – 30 June 1923
Preceded by William Story
Personal details
Born (1851-01-20)20 January 1851
Cambridge, England
Died 6 July 1940(1940-07-06) (aged 89)
Lockleys, South Australia
Nationality English Australian
Political party Nationalist (1917–22)
Liberal (1922–23)
Relations Lieutenant General Sir Sydney Rowell (son)
Occupation Horticulturalist
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch South Australian Military Force
Citizens Military Force
Years of service 1877–1910
Rank Colonel
Commands South Australian Brigade
4th Imperial Bushmen
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Volunteer Officers' Decoration

Colonel James Rowell CB, VD (20 January 1851 – 6 July 1940) was an English-born Australian politician, soldier and horticulturalist. Born in Cambridge, he migrated to Australia as a child and was educated in state schools. He served in the military 1877–1917 before becoming aide-de-camp to the Governor-General. He was a horticulturalist, and served on West Torrens Council. In 1917, he was appointed to the Australian Senate as a Nationalist Senator for South Australia, filling the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of William Story, who was contesting the House of Representatives. He contested the 1922 election as a candidate for the Liberal Party, which was a group of disaffected Nationalists opposed to the leadership of Prime Minister Billy Hughes; he was defeated. Rowell died in 1940.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-23.