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Chisholm, James (1806–1888)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

Another old settler died on Sunday last, at the age of 82 years. James Chisholm was a native of New South Wales, and at a very early age settled in the Goulburn district, which he never left, and to which he was fondly attached. He gradually acquired large landed property, and in 1851 was elected to the old Legislative Council as member for the King and Georgiana districts. Consequently he took his share in the passing of the Constitution Act; but it was not until 1864 that he was nominated as a member of the Upper House. Mr. Chisholm took a great interest in all public affairs relating to his country, and always gave an intelligent vote, though he never took a prominent part in politics. He was a man of that liberal school of which the late Dr. Lang was the chief representative. In his own district Mr. Chisholm was a power. He was president of the Goulburn Agricultural, Pastoral, and Agricultural Society and we all know what that means in a country district. He was an enthusiast in pastoral pursuits, and prided himself upon the quality of the stock upon his stations—such as the Kippilaw and the Bland. Mr. Chisholm was a liberal member of the Anglican Church, and shortly before his death donated £1000 to the building of St. Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn. He left a wife and seven sons. The remains of the deceased were interred in the family vault at Kippilaw; and the funeral service was read by the Rev. Canon D'Arcy Irvine. As a mark of respect to his memory, the Legislative Council adjourned its sitting on Wednesday afternoon.

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'Chisholm, James (1806–1888)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/chisholm-james-15705/text26903, accessed 22 November 2017.

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