James Agnew

James Agnew

Infobox Officeholder
honorific-prefix = Sir
name = James Agnew
honorific-suffix = KCMG



imagesize =
small

caption =
order = 16th
office = Premier of Tasmania
term_start = March 8, 1886
term_end = March 29, 1887
deputy =
predecessor = Adye Douglas
successor = Philip Fysh
constituency =
majority =
birth_date = birth date|1815|10|2
birth_place = Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Ireland, UK
death_date = death date and age|1901|11|8|1815|10|2
death_place = Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
nationality =
party =
otherparty =
spouse = Louisa Mary Fraser
Blanche Legge
partner =
relations =
children =
residence =
alma_mater =
occupation =
profession =
net worth =
religion =


footnotes =

Sir James Willson Agnew, KCMG (2 October 18158 November 1901) was an Irish-born Australian politician, who was Premier of Tasmania from 1886 to 1887.

Early life

Agnew was born in Ballyclare, Ireland and educated at London, Paris and Glasgow; he qualified for the medical profession, M.R.C.S.(London) in 1838, and M.D.(Glasgow) 1839. Soon after he went to Australia, arriving at Sydney before the end of 1839. He decided to settle in the west of Port Phillip District (now the Western district of Victoria), but not enjoying the life, went to Melbourne, where he was offered the position of private secretary to John Franklin, then governor of Van Dieman's Land (now Tasmania). He sailed for Hobart in 1841 and found that the position had been filled. He was, however, soon appointed assistant surgeon at the Cascades Peninsula. Later in 1841 he was appointed assistant surgeon to the Saltwater River probation station, located on the Tasman Peninsula In 1845 he transferred to the General Hospital at Hobart, later becoming colonial surgeon.

This was followed by private practice in Hobart for 36 years. He had joined the Tasmanian Society, afterwards the Royal Society of Tasmania, in 1841, and in that year contributed an article to its journal on the "Poison of the Tasmanian Snakes". In March 1851 he was elected a member of the council and remained on the council until his death some 50 years later. He had abandoned practising medicine when he took up political life full-time in 1877. He was honorary secretary from 1861 to 1893, and for several years a vice-president.

Political career

Agnew retired from his medical profession and was elected by Hobart to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1877. He was a member of the Philip Fysh 'Fysh-Giblin' ministry in that year, without portfolio, and was also in the William Giblin ministry which succeeded it, and in the second Giblin ministry from October 1879 to February 1881.

Agnew was then absent from the colony on a long visit to Europe. After his return he was elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1884, and on 8 March 1886 he took over from Adye Douglas and formed a ministry in which he was premier and chief secretary. This lasted a little more than 12 months and he resigned his post and political life on 29 March 1887. His last years were spent at Hobart where he died on 8 November 1901.

Legacy

Agnew was created K.C.M.G. July 1894 formalised in January 1895. He married Louisa Mary Fraser in 1846 who died in 1868; he re-married in 1878 to Blanche Legge. There were several children by the first marriage, of whom only a daughter survived him. Agnew was much respected in Hobart all his life. He was a useful politician, and his general interests, especially in the cultural life of the community, made him one of the best-known men in Tasmania. He was a founder and fostered the Royal Society of Tasmania and gave many volumes to its library, he was much interested in the museum and botanical gardens and the public library, of which he was chairman. He was also president of the Tasmanian Racing Club and of the Tasmanian Club.His service to Tasmania came from his involvement with scientific studies and encouragement of art. Agnew joined the council of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1851 and was honorary secretary in 1861–81 & 84–94; was chairman of the boards that administered the public library and museum, a member of the council of education and for a short term he was a member of the council of the university. His legacy also includes famous catchphrases such as "boider" "goody proctor" and an all time favourite "bopsey".

References

*Australian Dictionary of Biography|last=Green |first=F. C. |id=A030018b |title=Agnew, Sir James Willson (1815 - 1901) |year=1969 |accessdate=2008-01-17
* [http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/history/tasparl/agnewj135.htm Parliamentary Library profile]
*Australian Encyclopædia (1912 - third edition revised 1927) published by Angus & Robertson Limited, Sydney (page 40)

Additional resources listed by "Australian Dictionary of Biography":
*E. L. Piesse, "The Foundation and Early Work of the Society: With Some Account of Earlier Institutions and Societies in Tasmania" (Hobart, 1913); F. C. Green (ed), "A Century of Responsible Government 1856-1956" (Hobart, 1956); "Mercury" (Hobart), 9, 11 November 1901; correspondence file under James Agnew (Archives Office of Tasmania).


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • James Agnew (British Army officer) — Infobox Military Person name= James Agnew born= died= death date|1777|10|4 placeofbirth= placeofdeath= caption= James Agnew nickname= allegiance= branch= serviceyears= rank= Brigadier General commands= unit= battles=American Revolutionary War… …   Wikipedia

  • Agnew — is in origin a Scottish surname that can refer to:People named Agnew: * Agnew Baronets, aristocratic title in Scotland and England * Chloë Agnew (born 1989), Irish singer * Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw (born 1944), 11th baronet QC * Gary Agnew (born… …   Wikipedia

  • Agnew Baronets — There have been three Agnew baronetcies.The first was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia. The second and third were created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.Agnew Baronets of Lochnaw, Co. Wigtown (28 July 1629)*Sir Patrick Agnew, 1st …   Wikipedia

  • Agnew — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Agnew peut faire référence à : Personnes : Agnew Baronets, un titre aristocratique d Écosse et d Angleterre, Chloe Agnew, une chanteuse… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Agnew's Village, California — Agnew donated four acres of land for a South Pacific Coast Railroad railroad station and laid out the town, causing the station and town to be referred to as Agnew s. The railroad depot is still standing.Agnew s land appears on 1977 maps,… …   Wikipedia

  • James Groome — James Black Groome James Black Groome (* 4. April 1838 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland; † 5. Oktober 1893 in Baltimore, Maryland) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker und von 1874 bis 1876 Gouverneur des …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • James S. Sherman — James Sherman Pour les articles homonymes, voir Sherman. James Schoolcraft Sherman (1855 – 1912) fut le 27e vice président des États Unis sous le mandat de William H. Taft …   Wikipédia en Français

  • James Black Groome — (* 4. April 1838 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland; † 5. Oktober 1893 in Baltimore, Maryland) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker und von 1874 bis 1876 Gouverneur des …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • James S. Sherman — James Schoolcraft Sherman (* 24. Oktober 1855 in Utica, New York; † 30. Oktober 1912 ebenda) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker der Republikanischen Partei und von 1909 bi …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • James Thomas — (* 11. März 1785 im Saint Mary s County, Maryland; † 25. Dezember 1845 ebenda) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker und von 1833 bis 1836 Gouverneur des Bundesstaates Maryland. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Frühe Jahre 2 Politischer Aufstieg …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”