Casey, James Joseph

Born 25 December 1831 (Tromroe, County Clare)
Died 5 April 1913. (St Kilda. Buried in Brighton General Cemetery.)
Parents: James, landowner, and Maria, nee Coffey
Marriage: Maria Theresa Cahill; no children
Occupation: Newspaper proprietor and barrister
Religion: Catholic
Education: Galway College, Ireland

Career: Went to USA c1849, returned Ireland 1854; arrived Melbourne Feb 1855; settled Bendigo and with Angus Mackay bought the Bendigo Advertiser and established other country newspapers. Member municipal council Sandhurst; first president Campaspe road board 1861; admitted Vic. Bar 1865; crown prosecutor 1883; County Court judge 1884-1900; KC 1901; CMG.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLASandhurstAugust 1861 March 1862Unseated
MLAMandurangAugust 1863(b/e)February 1880 

Other seats contested: Grenville 1862, Mandurang Feb 1880, Sandridge 1883
Appointments: Minister Justice 11 July 1868-20 Sept 1869; Solicitor-general 2-20 Sept 1869; commissioner Crown lands and Survey and president Board land and Works 10 June 1872-7 Aug 1875; minister Agric. 19 June 1872-7 Aug 1875; royal commission Federal union 1870, intercolonial legislation (chairman) 1870, chairman Royal Commission on industrial and reformatory schools and the sanitary station 1871-1873.
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 3
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.