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Biographical entry Casey, James Joseph (1831 - 1913)


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


James 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.



Life event - Migrated to Australia (Melbourne)
Career position - Joined the Sandhurst Municipal Council
Career position - Appointed a Magistrate
Career position - Chairman of the Sandhurst Municipal Council
c. 1863 -
Career position - Established the McIvor Times and Riverine Herald
Career position - Co-purchased the Bendigo Advertiser newspaper
1863 - 1880
Career position - Member for Mandurang in the Legislative Assembly
Career position - Called to the Bar
1868 - 1869
Career position - Minister of Justice for Victoria
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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