Service, James

Born 27 November 1823 (Kilwinning, Ayrshire)
Died 12 April 1899. (Balaclava. Buried Melbourne General Cemetery.)
Parents: Robert and Agnes, nee Niven
Marriage: Scotland, Marion Allan; 2d.
Occupation: Merchant
Religion: Presbyterian?
Education: Local school and private tutor.

Career: Commenced a private school at Saltcoats, near Kilwinning; went to Glasgow 1846 and employed in tea and coffee business; arrived Melbourne 1853 as representative of his Glasgow employer and in 1854 established James Service & Co., merchants and importers, with James Ormond as partner. One of the founders of Commercial Bank. Notable land reformer, federationist and imperialist. First president Emerald Hill municipal council and chairman local bench

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAMelbourneMarch 1857(b/e)August 1859 
MLARipon and HampdenOctober 1859 August? 1862Resigned
MLAMaldonMay 1874 March 1881Resigned
MLACastlemaineFebruary 1883 February 1886 
MLCMelbourneJune 1888(b/e)April 1899 

Other seats contested: Emerald Hill 1859, Kilmore 1864, W. Ballarat 1865, Collingwood 1868, W. Melbourne 1871
Appointments: President Board Land & Works and commissioner Crown Lands and Survey 27 Oct 1859-3 Sept 1860; treasurer 31 July 1874-7 Aug 1875; premier and treasurer 5 Mar 1880-3 Aug 1880, 8 Mar 1883-18 Feb 1886; minister Public Instruction 8 Mar 1883-10 Apr 1884
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6
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.