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Biographical entry Casey, James Joseph (1831 - 1913)

CMG

Born
25 December 1831
Tromroe, County Clare, Ireland
Died
5 April 1913
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Politician and Judge

Summary

James Joseph Casey was a leading politician in Victoria. He represented Mandurang in the Legislative Assembly from 1863 to 1880 and was appointed the first Minister of Agriculture. Casey fought hard to amend the 1869 Land Act, but was unsuccessful. However he did succeed in making major positive changes to the Department of Agriculture and the survey branch. He was also instrumental in establishing settlements in northern Victoria and Gippsland. Casey was also a respected Magistrate, then judge of the County Court and had a brief stint in the Supreme Court and as Solicitor-General for Victoria.

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1855
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Melbourne)
1860
Career position - Joined the Sandhurst Municipal Council
1861
Career position - Appointed a Magistrate
1861
Career position - Chairman of the Sandhurst Municipal Council
c. 1863 -
Career position - Established the McIvor Times and Riverine Herald
1863
Career position - Co-purchased the Bendigo Advertiser newspaper
1863 - 1880
Career position - Member for Mandurang in the Legislative Assembly
1865
Career position - Called to the Bar
1868 - 1869
Career position - Minister of Justice for Victoria
1869
Career position - Solicitor-General of Victoria
1872 - 1875
Career position - Commissioner of Crown Lands, President of the Board of Land and Works and the First Victorian Minister of Agriculture
c. 1878
Award - Knight Officer of the French Legion of Honour and of the Crown of Italy
c. 1878
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

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Rosanne Walker