Mr John MEAGHER (1837 - 1920)**

  • Date of Birth: 08/12/1837
  • Place of Birth: Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland
  • Date of Death: 26/08/1920
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council12 Jun 190026 Aug 192020yr(s) 2mth(s) 15day(s)
Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 6 June 1900

Political Party Activity

Protectionist with Labor sympathies.

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1878.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Storekeeper. Arrived in Sydney c.1859. Employed in Webb & Co's general store at Bathurst. Opened own store at Bathurst in 1867 as well as having stores in at Hill End, Trunkey and Carcoar. Went to Temora gold rush in 1881. Also traded at Barmedman, Wyalong, Forbes and Sydney. Firm known at John Meagher & Co. Active at Bathurst conference for Federation. Advocate of Temora Wyalong railway. Member of Australasian Catholic Congress of 1909; organised support for Home Rule; visited Ireland in 1914.

Honours Received

Knight of St Gregory.


Son of Roger Meagher, farmer, and Catherine Mahoney. Married Mary Ann Byrne on 19 September 1864 and they had 1 daughter and 7 sons. Roman Catholic.

Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 10