Johnston, James Stewart

Born 07 July 1811 (West Lothian)
Died 10 August 1896. (St Kilda)
Parents: James, paper miller, and Mary, nee Stewart
Marriage: (1) Louise Busten; 1d.; (2) 22 Sept 1837 Edinburgh, Henrietta Swanston; 2s. 1d.; (3) 17 Jan 1854 Edinburgh, Mary Inglis; 4s. 1d.
Occupation: Businessman
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Studied medicine at Edinburgh University but did not complete the course

Career: To W. Indies for two years, then to Van Diemen's Land 1838, where he held a government post; arrived Port Phillip 1840; clerkship with J. F. Strachan; opened hotel in Melbourne; partnered Edward Wilson on land near Dandenong and in purchase of Argus 1847-1848; to Scotland Dec 1852, returning 1858; varied interests including part-management Argus; finally established Craiglie vineyard, Sunbury.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCMelbourneNovember 1851 December 1852 
MLASt KildaOctober 1859 August 1864 

Other seats contested: S. Province 1858, W. Bourke 1868, Warmambool 1868
Appointments: Vice-president Board Land & Works and commissioner Public Works 26 Nov 1860-20 Feb 1861, 14 Nov 1861-27 June 1863
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.