Balfour, James

Born 10 May 1830 (Edinburgh)
Died 24 August 1913. (Kew)
Parents: John and Robina, nee Gordon
Marriage: 1859 Hawthorn, Frances Charlotte Henty; 6s. 5d.
Occupation: Merchant
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Edinburgh Academy; business experience Edinburgh and London

Career: Arrived Melbourne 1852; partner in charge Geelong branch James Henty & Company 1854-1863; returned Melbourne and retired from firm 1878; established James Balfour & Company 1879; director banks and insurance companies. Prominent churchman.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAEast BourkeFebruary 1866 August 1868Resigned
MLCSouthernJune 1874 November 1882 
MLCSouth EasternNovember 1882 May 1904 
MLCEast YarraJune 1904 August 1913 

Inaugural speech

Appointments: Minister without office 15 May 1890-5 Nov 1890, 5 Dec 1899-19 Nov 1900; royal commission charitable institutions 1870, water supply 1884, banking laws 1887


References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 3; Harper, A., 'The Honourable James Balfour, MLC', Melbourne, 1918.
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.