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Members’ biographical register

John Charles Horsey James

Date: 30 January 1841
Place: Rome, Italy
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA July 1875
Son of Reverend JH James, rector of Avington, Berkshire, England, and Theodosia Mary Tennant
Marriage and Family
Married 16 September 1885, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Rebecca Catherine Clifton, (born 13 October 1852 and died 4 May 1901), daughter of Charles Hippuff, Registrar-General, and Maria Glynn
Children: four sons and three daughters
Date: 3 February 1899
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Church of England Cemetery
Church of England
Educated Rugby, 1854–1860
Exeter College, Oxford, 1860–1864
Public servant
Employment History
Barrister (Inner Temple) 1866
Practised on Oxford circuit

Commissioner of Land Titles 1875(6)–1899
Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar in Bankruptcy
Acting Police Magistrate, Perth and Resident Magistrate, Guildford from September 1887 for a time and again circa 1897–1898

Acting Puisne Judge, February 1898–January 1899
Date Elected
9 June 1887
Inaugural Speech
James, John Charles Horsey, Address-in-Reply, 1887.pdf
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 9 June 1887–4 January 1888
Revised WA statutes, edited consolidated version 1896
Keen versifier and actor also yachtsman and cricketer, president Western Australian Cricket Association 1884–1899
President Swan River Mechanics Institute 1887
Steward Western Australian Turf Club 1887–1897
Legal qualification
Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966-.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 15.
Erickson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
J Foster, Alumni Oxoniensis, series 2 (1716–1886), I, 741
Russell, Enid. A history of the law in Western Australia and its development from 1829 to 1979, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, p. 205 and 268–269.
West Australian,4 February 1899.
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