James Eve

James Eve (1837 – 25 September 1911) was an English-born Australian politician.

Sketch of Eve in the Australian Town and Country Journal, 18 May 1889.

He was born at Maldon in Essex to farmer James Eve and Lilian Dowsett. He arrived in New South Wales around 1861, worked for a period as a porter and then became a tobacconist at Enfield. On 28 August 1865 he married Martha Nairn at Redfern; they had ten children.[1]

He was a local alderman and served as mayor of the Municipality of Enfield in 1889.[2] He was a candidate at the 1891 election for the district of Canterbury. Whilst he was a Free Trader, he was not one of the four candidates nominated by the party,[3] and was supported by a local branch, the Canterbury Electoral Freetrade Council.[4] The election had been close with only 105 votes separating Thomas Bavister elected 2nd and Eve in 5th place, five votes behind John Wheeler, one of the official Free Trade candidates, who had been elected 4th. Eve lodged a petition against the election of Wheeler.[5] The Elections and Qualifications Committee conducted a re-count which overturned the result and declared that Eve had been elected.[6][7]

He did not contest the 1894 election, but ran unsuccessfully in 1895 (Marrickville), 1898 (Burwood) and 1907 (Ashfield).[8] Eve died at Mosman on 25 September 1911.[9][1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mr James Eve (1837-1911)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Municipal. The Mayor of Enfield (N.S.W.)". Australian Town and Country Journal. 18 May 1889. p. 28. Retrieved 26 October 2016 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 June 1891. p. 9. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Canterbury. Protest against bunching". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 June 1891. p. 8. Retrieved 30 September 2019 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Petition against the return of John Wheeler". New South Wales Government Gazette (414). 1 July 1891. p. 4977. Retrieved 29 September 2019 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "Elections and Qualifications Committee: Canterbury". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 September 1891. p. 3. Retrieved 29 September 2019 – via Trove.
  7. ^ Green, Antony. "1891 results Canterbury". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ Green, Antony. "Candidate index: Edmunds to Fallon". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Death of Mr Eve". Evening News. 28 September 1911. p. 12. Retrieved 26 October 2016 – via Trove.

 

Civic offices
New title Mayor of Enfield
1889 – 1891
Succeeded by
Thomas Hodson
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Wheeler
Member for Canterbury
1891 – 1894
Served alongside: Bavister, Carruthers, Danahey
Succeeded by
Varney Parkes