Jones, Charles Edwin

Born 1828 (Devonport, Devon)
Died 18 March 1903. (Korumburra)
Parents: John, tailor, and Elizabeth, nee Tucker
Marriage: (1) 1850 Devonport, England, Anne Letitia Angear; 3s. 3d.; (2) 17 Feb 1865 Ballarat, Charlotte Ryan; 2s. 3d.
Occupation: Tailor and journalist.
Religion: Church of England

Career: Arrived Melbourne 1851?; worked as tailor and built up business in Bourke St.; edited a Collingwood newspaper in 1860s; to Ballarat and was editor Evening Post c1867; involved in three libel cases; expelled from parliament for bribery and corruption, and for involvement in the Quieting of Titles Bill; became a popular lecturer; went to America c1872 and was a showman with T. Barnum; on return c1881-1882 resumed lecture tours in Vic. and other colonies, and was editor and proprietor of The People's Tribune Nov 1883-Nov 1886. Temperance supporter. Published several pamphlets. In February 1887 Jones' 2nd wife brought an action for maintenance in Ballarat that was settled out of court. Melbourne city councillor 1862-1865

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABallarat EastNovember 1864 December 1867 
MLABallarat WestMay 1868(b/e)March 1869Resigned
MLABallarat WestApril 1869 April 1869Expelled
MLABallarat WestMay 1869 January 1871 
MLABallarat WestMarch 1886 March 1889 
Re-elected 27 Mar 1869 and sworn in 13 Apr 1869.
Other seats contested: E. Ballarat 1868, W. Ballarat 1871, Geelong 1882, W. Ballarat 1883, Windermere 1889, E. Bourke Boroughs 1892
Appointments: Commissioner Railways & Roads 11 July 1868-9 Mar 1869; vice-president Board land & Works 3 Aug 1868-9 Mar 1869
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4. The Argus, 1887, 23 February p.6 col.4 and 26 February p.10, col.8.
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.