John Everard (Australian politician)

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John Everard (1825-1886) by Henry Samuel Sadd in State Library, Victoria

John Everard (1825 – 29 August 1886)[1] was an Australian politician, serving in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. There are no records of date of birth, but he was baptised on 7 April 1825 at Ratby, Leicestershire, England.[1][2]

Everard was born at Groby, Leicestershire, the son of Thomas Everard, farmer, and his wife Mary, née Breedon.[1][2]

Everard emigrated to Australia aboard the Adelaide, arriving in Melbourne on 11 May 1853 (James McCulloch, later Premier of Victoria, was a fellow passenger).[1]

Everard served in the Victorian Legislative Assembly as Member for the electoral districts of Rodney from January 1858 to December 1859; North Gippsland in August 1861 (elected, but not sworn in as he had become insolvent) and again from April 1864 to August 1864; and Collingwood March 1868 to October 1869 and again May 1874 to July 1874 (resigned because he had become insolvent again).[1]

Everard was a tea merchant and also a stock and share broker. He was Chairman of the National Eight Hours League and also Chairman of the Victorian Industries Protection League.[1] Everard died on 29 August 1886 at South Yarra.[1]

Everard was the father of William Hugh Everard who served as a Member and also Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Johnson, Robert A. "Everard, John (1825–1886)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Everard, John". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
Political offices
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Baragwanath
Member for Rodney
Jan 1858 – Dec 1859
Succeeded by
Wilson Gray
Preceded by
George Mackay
Member for North Gippsland
Apr 1864 – Aug 1864
Succeeded by
William Pearson, Sr.
Preceded by
Thomas Embling
Member for Collingwood
Mar 1868 – Oct 1869
Served alongside: W. Bates, I. Reeves / G. Harker
Succeeded by
William Vale
Preceded by
William Vale
Member for Collingwood
May 1874 – Jul 1874
Served alongside: James Sullivan, Albert Tucker
Succeeded by
George Langridge