William Grahame (1841–1906)

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William Grahame
Personal details
Born (1841-01-01)1 January 1841
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 29 May 1906(1906-05-29) (aged 65)
Islington, New South Wales
Political party Protectionist Party

William Grahame (1 January 1841 – 29 May 1906) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1889 until 1894 and a member of the Protectionist Party.

Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and after a minimal education worked as a labourer. He migrated to Australia in 1858 and laboured on road work until he found employment as a tenant farmer and contractor. He eventually kept a jewellery shop in Newcastle and served as an alderman on Wickham Municipal Council and as a member of the local water and sewage board. At the 1889 election, he was the third candidate on the Protectionist list and won the last position in the multi-member seat of Newcastle. However, Grahame was forced to resign from parliament in October 1889 when he became insolvent and he was defeated by James Curley at the subsequent by-election. He regained his seat in April 1891 at a by-election caused by the death of James Fletcher. Grahame was defeated at the 1894 election. He did not hold ministerial or party office.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr William (2) Grahame (1875–1945)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
James Fletcher/James Ellis
Member for Newcastle
1889 – 1889
Served alongside: Fletcher, Brown
Succeeded by
James Curley
Preceded by
James Fletcher
Member for Newcastle
1891 – 1894
Served alongside: Curley/Fegan, Brown/Scott
Succeeded by
William Dick