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John Moore Chanter (1845–1931)

The death occurred to-day of Mr. John Moore Chanter, a veteran Australian politician. He was 86 years old. Mr. Chanter had a long career, both as an organiser and as a member of the Parliaments of the Commonwealth, Victoria, and New South Wales.

He was born in Adelaide, and was educated at St. Peter's College. He was the first chairman of Committees in the House of Representatives, the first chief president of the Australian Natives' Association in New South Wales, the first Mayor of Moama (N.S.W.), and one of the founders of the Masonic Club in Sydney. From 1885 until 1894 he represented Murray in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, attaining to Ministerial office in 1889, as Secretary for Mines and Agriculture. From 1894 he represented Deniliquin in the same House, holding this seat until his election to the first House of Representatives in 1907, as the representative of Riverina. At the general election he was defeated. This election was declared void by the High Court, and at a by-election the following year he was returned, holding the constituency until 1922 continuously, except for the one year, 1913. He was again Chairman of Committees from 1914 until 1922.

Sons of Mr. Chanter are Major J. E. Chanter, of Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales, and Messrs. W. J. Chanter, of Balranald, and Albert Chanter, of Barham.

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11 February, 1845
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


9 March, 1931 (aged 86)
Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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