John McMaster (mayor)

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John McMaster
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John McMaster ca. 1895.
18th Mayor of Brisbane
In office
1884–1884
Preceded by Abram Robertson Byram
Succeeded by Benjamin Harris Babbidge
In office
1890–1890
Preceded by William McNaughton Galloway
Succeeded by John Allworth Clark
In office
1893–1893
Preceded by George Watson
Succeeded by Robert Fraser
In office
1897–1897
Preceded by Robert Woods Thurlow
Succeeded by William Thorne
In office
1918–1919
Preceded by John Hetherington
Succeeded by Charles Packenham Buchanan
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Fortitude Valley
In office
14 September 1885 – 11 March 1899
Serving with Samuel Brooks, John Watson, Frank McDonnell
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by William Guy Higgs
In office
3 August 1901 – 27 August 1904
Serving with Frank McDonnell
Preceded by William Guy Higgs
Succeeded by David Bowman
In office
18 May 1907 – 5 February 1908
Serving with David Bowman
Preceded by Frank McDonnell
Succeeded by Peter Alfred McLachlan
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
9 May 1899 – 22 July 1901
Personal details
Born (1830-06-26)26 June 1830
Islay, Scotland
Died 29 February 1924(1924-02-29) (aged 93)
Brisbane, Queensland
Resting place Nundah Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Political party Ministerial
Spouse(s) Catherine McInnes
Occupation Stonemason
Religion Methodist

John McMaster (26 June 1830 – 29 February 1924)[1] was an alderman and mayor of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and a Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland.

Personal life[edit]

John McMaster was born in 1830 in Argyllshire, Scotland, the son of John McMaster and Isabella White.[2][3] On 9 April 1854 he married Catherine McInnes, daughter of Neill McInnes and Mary Reid, at Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland.[2][4]

John and Catherine McMaster immigrated to Queensland, Australia on the ship "William Miles" arriving January 1855 [5][6] and became a freehold farmer at Melton Hill near Nundah.[7]

John and Catherine McMaster had the following children:

  • Isabella, born Queensland 1857[2]
  • John Neill, born Brisbane 1860, died Brisbane 1917[2]
  • Neill, born Brisbane 1862, died Brisbane 1895[2]
  • James, born Brisbane 1864[2]
  • Mary Jane, born Brisbane 1866, died Brisbane 1948[2]
  • Catherine, born Brisbane 1869[2]
  • Ellen, born Brisbane 1871[2]
  • Colin John Wesley, born Brisbane 1874, died Brisbane 1950[2]

His wife Catherine died in Brisbane on Friday 24 January 1879 and was buried on Saturday 25 January 1879 in the Nundah Cemetery.[2][8]

Following an illness of several months, John McMaster died at the home of his granddaughter at Kent Street, New Farm, Brisbane on Friday 29 February 1924 aged 93 years.[3][9] He was buried on Saturday 1 March 1924 in the Nundah Cemetery.[9]

Public life[edit]

John McMaster was an alderman of the Brisbane Municipal Council 1872–1874 and 1876–1899 and an alderman of the Brisbane City Council 1905–1921. He was mayor in 1884, 1890, 1893, 1897, and 1918-1919. He served on the following committees:[10]

  • Finance Committee 1872, 1874, 1876, 1878–1880, 1882, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1891, 1894, 1896, 1899, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919
  • Legislative Committee 1872–1874, 1879, 1881, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1891, 1894, 1896, 1899, 1906, 1907
  • Improvement Committee 1873, 1877
  • Works Committee 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1918, 1919
  • Health Committee 1884, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1905, 1911, 1913
  • Street Lighting Committee 1891, 1893
  • Parks Committee 1897, 1898, 1917, 1918, 1920–1921
  • Building & Alignments of Roads Committee 1905–1908, 1913
  • Special Sewerage Committee 1905, 1907
  • Markets Committee 1907, 1908, 1910–1914
  • General Purpose Committee 1910, 1912, 1915–1917
  • Lightning Committee 1908, 1909
  • Wharves Special Committee 1914–1918
  • New Parks Special Committee 1914
  • Parks Special Committee 1915
  • Corporation Yard Special Committee 1916
  • Town Hall Special Committee 1918
  • City of Brisbane Incorporation Act Special Committee 1918
  • Special Street War Names & Anzac Square Committee 1919

John McMaster was the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the electorate of Fortitude Valley from 14 September 1885 to 11 March 1899 as a member of the Ministerialist party. John McMaster was appointed a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council on 9 May 1899 (a life appointment) but resigned on 22 July 1901 to stand again for election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. He was successful and served again as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electorate of Fortitude Valley from 3 August 1901 to 27 August 1904, again as a member of the Ministerialist party. He was elected again from 18 May 1907 to 5 February 1908 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the electorate of Fortitude Valley as a member of the Opposition party.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McMaster, JohnParliament of Queensland Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Queensland Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  3. ^ a b "MR. JOHN MCMASTER.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 4 March 1924. p. 7. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Scotlands People, retrieved 13 March 2001.
  5. ^ Registers of Immigrant Ships’ Arrivals, 1848-1912, Queensland State Archives, retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ "MR. JOHN M'MASTER.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 19 November 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "LATE MR. M'MASTER.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 3 March 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Classified Advertising.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 25 January 1879. p. 1. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "MR. JOHN M'MASTER.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 1 March 1924. p. 7. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Brisbane City Council Archives

External links[edit]

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Abram Robertson Byram
Mayor of Brisbane
1884
Succeeded by
Benjamin Harris Babbidge
Preceded by
William McNaughton Galloway
Mayor of Brisbane
1890
Succeeded by
John Allworth Clark
Preceded by
George Watson
Mayor of Brisbane
1893
Succeeded by
Robert Fraser
Preceded by
Robert Woods Thurlow
Mayor of Brisbane
1897
Succeeded by
William Thorne
Preceded by
John Hetherington
Mayor of Brisbane
1918–1919
Succeeded by
Charles Packenham Buchanan
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Fortitude Valley
1885–1899
Served alongside: Samuel Brooks, John Watson, Frank McDonnell
Succeeded by
William Guy Higgs
Preceded by
William Guy Higgs
Member for Fortitude Valley
1901–1904
Served alongside: Frank McDonnell
Succeeded by
David Bowman
Preceded by
Frank McDonnell
Member for Fortitude Valley
1907–1908
Served alongside: David Bowman
Succeeded by
Peter Alfred McLachlan