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James Augustine Cunneen (1826–1889)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

Few persons now remember the name of James Augustine Cuneen. Many years ago he took a part in politics, which he relinquished after three months' trial of Ministerial office. This was in 1865-66; and he then retired into private life. He had an ample fortune and colonial politics presented no inducements to him. Mr. Cuneen occupied the position of Postmaster-General in the fourth Cowper Ministry, and held office in that short-lived Administration from October 1, 1865, to January 21, 1860. It may be mentioned that Mr. Cunneen was the first to occupy the position of Postmaster-General in the Government of this country, though during the time he held it he had no seat in the Cabinet. It was not until the succeeding Government of Sir James Martin was formed that the Office of Postmaster-General was regarded as of sufficient importance to justify the holder of it in having a seat in the Cabinet. For some years Mr. Cuneen had been in feeble health. But his death, last week, arose from a fall down a flight of stairs at his residence, Glenmore-road, Paddington. He was about 80 years of age, and left a wife and a family of eight children.

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'Cunneen, James Augustine (1826–1889)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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22 February, 1826
Mulgrave, New South Wales, Australia


19 April, 1889 (aged 63)
Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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