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Sir John Mark Davies

08 February 1840 (Halstead, Essex, England)
12 September 1919
Ebenezer and Ruth, nee Bartlett

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: 1865 Geelong, Emily Frances Scales; 6s. 8d.

Local school (Geelong)


John Davies was born in England and in 1849 his family immigrated to Victoria settling in Geelong. He was one of four brothers who were to become prominent in Melbourne Business and political life, the most notable being Matthew Davies MLA. Educated in Geelong, John Davies was articled to C.A. Woolley solicitor in 1858. In 1863 he was admitted to the Supreme Court as an attorney and relocated to Melbourne as the firm’s representative. Davies practised alone before partnering J.M. Campbell in the firm of Davies & Campbell, which later became Davies, Campbell & Davies. During the 1880s he like many others, speculated in land, forming the General Land and Savings Co. Davies was also director and chairman of the Commercial Bank, Trustees, Executors & Agency Company. Davies was elected to the Legislative Council for South Yarra province in 1889.  His company failed in 1893;  1895 delegate to the Federal Council, but later that year lost seat. Davies died at Malvern a few months after his resignation and was survived by his wife and eight of his children.


HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative CouncilSouth Yarra1 September 18891 September 1895
Legislative AssemblyMelbourne1 June 18991 June 1919

*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.
Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4; Jones, Catherine & Victoria. Parliamentary Library. Library Committee (1986). "Presiding officers of the Victorian Parliament 1856-1986." Victorian Government Printing Office on behalf of the Library Committee, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne
Knighted in 1918

Last updated: 14th August 2019