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Former Member Details

Mr John MEAGHER (1837 - 1920)

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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
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 12 Jun 1900 26 Aug 1920 20 years 2 months 15 days 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.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knight of St Gregory.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
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