James Craig (Australian politician)

James Frederick Craig (22 December 1911 – 12 January 1989) was an Australian farmer and politician who was a Country Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1959 to 1971, representing the seat of Toodyay. He served as a minister in the government of Sir David Brand.

James Craig
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
21 March 1959 – 20 February 1971
Preceded byLindsay Thorn
Succeeded byJames Moiler
Personal details
Born(1911-12-22)22 December 1911
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Died12 January 1989(1989-01-12) (aged 77)
Nedlands, Western Australia
Political partyCountry

Craig was born in Kalgoorlie to Hilda Dagma (née Thornton) and James Burnett Craig. He attended Scotch College, Perth, and then found work as a clerk with Western Australian Government Railways, working at Welshpool. Craig enlisted in the Australian Army in 1939, and saw active duty in the Middle Eastern theatre. He initially returned to the railways after being discharged in 1942, and then from 1947 served as secretary and accountant for a cooperative based in the Swan Valley. From 1951 to 1952, he was also a member of the Midland Junction Town Council.[1]

Craig entered parliament at the 1959 state election, replacing the retiring Lindsay Thorn.[2] After the 1962 election, he was elevated to the ministry, replacing George Cornell as Minister for Transport and Minister for Police. In a reshuffle after the 1965 election, Craig replaced Ross Hutchinson as Chief Secretary, although he lost the transport portfolio to Charles Court. He remained in the ministry until his retirement at the 1971 state election. Craig died in Perth in January 1989, aged 77. He had married Maria Rhoda Haynes in 1936, with whom he had three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b James Frederick Craig – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Lindsay Thorn
Member for Toodyay
Succeeded by
James Moiler
Political offices
Preceded by
George Cornell
Minister for Police
Succeeded by
Jerry Dolan
Preceded by
George Cornell
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
Charles Court
Preceded by
Ross Hutchinson
Chief Secretary
Succeeded by
Claude Stubbs