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Former Member Details

Mr James Ballantine MERCER (1842 - 1925)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1842
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Date of Death: 04/11/1925
Place of Death: Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 10 Sep 1907 21 Feb 1917 9 years 5 months 12 days
Member for Rozelle 10 Sep 1907 14 Sep 1910 3 years 5 days
Member for Rozelle 14 Oct 1910 06 Nov 1913 3 years 24 days
Member for Rozelle 06 Dec 1913 21 Feb 1917 3 years 2 months 16 days
Claims of Harry K.Carpenter Committee No.16 18 Jul 1911 01 Aug 1911 15 days
Daylight Saving Principle Committee No.11 28 Jun 1911 01 Aug 1911 1 month 5 days
Claims of Harry K.Carpenter Committee No.14 10 Oct 1911 22 Nov 1911 1 month 13 days
Daylight Saving Principle Committee No.15 12 Oct 1911 28 Mar 1912 5 months 17 days
System of Discrimination in Freight Charges on the Railways Committee No.21 14 Nov 1911 28 Mar 1912 4 months 15 days
Refreshment Committee No. 5 11 Mar 1914 18 Apr 1914 1 month 8 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of the Rozelle Branch; member of the central executive 1905 - 1909. Left the party over conscription.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1911; president of the Burns Anniversary Club; a Good Templar; and a lay reader at St Paul's Church of England, Sydney.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Insurance agent. Left school at an early stage and was apprenticed to a woodcarver in Sheffield, England. For about twelve years he was a paid lay reader for the Church of England in Sheffield and Plymouth. Arrived in Queensland in 1883 and after two years moved to Sydney. From 1885 until 1896 he was a caretaker at the Seaman's Institute at Circular Quay; he was also an insurance agent; moved to Rozelle and then to Lakemba; president of Burns Anniversary Club; Good Templar.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William Mercer, tobacco spinner, and his wife Grace Dixon. Married (1) Rachel Fearnley in c.1867 in England and had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Mary Ann Burley in c.1907 in Melbourne, Victoria. Married (3) Margaret Stewart in c.1915 in Melbourne, Victoria. Buried in the Church of England section of Waverley Cemetery.
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