Ernest Charles James Hunter (17 November 1862 – 14 August 1944) was a sharebroker and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Ernest Hunter
Ernest Charles James Hunter - Queensland Politician.png
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burke
In office
19 May 1888 – 24 June 1890
Serving with William Hodgkinson
Preceded byEdward Palmer
Succeeded byJohn Hoolan
Personal details
Ernest Charles James Hunter

(1862-11-17)17 November 1862
Dumbarton, Scotland
Died14 August 1944(1944-08-14) (aged 81)
Mareeba, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeMareeba Pioneer Cemetery
NationalityScottish Australian
Spouse(s)Esther Braithwaite (m.1886 d.1917), Florence Clow Ross (m.1921)
RelationsFrank Wise (son-in-law)
OccupationSharebroker, Publican

Early daysEdit

Hunter was born and educated at Dumbarton, Scotland[1] to James Hunter and his wife Cecilia Ann (née Burgess).[2] He arrived in Rockhampton in 1871 and then in Maryborough where he worked as a printer for the Wide Bay News before heading for the gold fields of Gympie, Charters Towers, Croydon, and Etheridge.[1]

By 1883, Hunter was working as a sharebroker in Charters Towers and from 1886–1888 carried on his trade in Brisbane.

Political careerEdit

Hunter was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the member for Burke in 1888[1] but was declared insolvent in 1890 and forfeited his seat.[3]

After he left politics, Hunter established a fruit pulp and molasses business in Cairns where he was also at one time a publican and auctioneer. In 1929 he travelled to London to float Cape York mines.

Personal lifeEdit

On the 27 Nov 1886, Hunter married Esther Braithwaite and together had 3 sons and 1 daughter. Esther died in 1917[2] and on the 24 Mar 1921 Hunter married Florence Clow Ross and together had 2 sons.[1] His daughter, Elsie Dorothy Hunter, married future Premier of Western Australia Frank Wise in 1922.[4]

Hunter died at the Mareeba District Hospital in 1944. His funeral moved from St George's Church of England to the Mareeba Pioneer Cemetery.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Family history researchQueensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ "OPENING OF PARLIAMENT". The Brisbane Courier. 25 June 1890. p. 6. Retrieved 4 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western AustraliaGovernment of Western Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Family Notices". The Cairns Post. Qld. 15 August 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 4 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Edward Palmer
Member for Burke
Served alongside: William Hodgkinson
Succeeded by
John Hoolan