Grant, James Macpherson

Born 1822 (Alvie, Inverness-shire)
Died 1 April 1885. (Brighton)
Parents: Louis and Isabella, nee McBean
Marriage: Mary Gaunson; 1s. 4d.
Occupation: Lawyer
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Kingdenie, articled to Chambers & Thurlow, solicitors

Career: Emigrated Sydney 1836; visited NZ 1844 and fought in the Maori war; on return, completed his articles and admitted to partnership; in 1850 chartered a ship and took cargo to San Francisco; returned NSW and transferred to Vic. 1853; briefly on Bendigo diggings; practised as solicitor Melbourne, for a time as partner of Hancock, Duffett & Grant, later alone. Famous land reformer and radical.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCSandhurstNovember 1855 March 1856 
MLASandhurstNovember 1856 August 1859 
MLAAvocaOctober 1859 July 1870 
MLAAvocaApril 1871 April 1885 

Appointments: Vice-president Board Land & Works and commissioner Public Works 20 Feb 1861-14 Nov 1861; vice-president Board Land & Works and commissioner Railways & Roads 27 June 1863-5 Sept 1864; president Board Land & Works and commissioner Crown Lands & Survey 5 Sept 1864-6 May 1868, 11 July 1868-20 Sept 1869, 19 June 1871-10 June 1872; minister Justice 9 Aug 1875-20 Oct 1875, 22 May 1877-5 Mar 1880; chief secretary and minister Public Instruction 9 July 1881-8 Mar 1883
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4
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.