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Sir John Emanuel Mackey (7 August 1863 – 6 April 1924) was an Australian politician.

He was born in Sandhurst to horse dealer David Mackey and Mary Ann Moore. He was largely self-educated, with only a brief and late formal education. He worked at a printery in Bendigo and then as a compositor for Mason, Firth and McCutcheon, a Melbourne law firm. He studied law at the University of Melbourne, receiving a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Arts. In 1890 he was called to the bar, and he was also a lecturer at Melbourne University. In 1902 he married Stella Watson Bates, with whom he had five children. He was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1902 for Gippsland West, and soon entered the ministry as a minister without portfolio in 1904. From 1906 he was Minister of Lands; he was also briefly Chief Secretary and Minister of Labour from 1906 to 1907 before taking up these roles again in 1908.[1] From February to September 1908 he was Solicitor-General of VictoriaSolicitor-General.[2] A Liberal and a member of the Nationalist Party's Economy faction, he was Speaker of the Assembly from 1917 to 1924. Knighted in 1921, he died at Nayook in 1924.[3]


  1. ^ "Sir John Emanuel Mackey". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Appointment Solicitor-General John Mackey". Victorian Government Gazette. 28 February 1908. p. 1908:1506.
  3. ^ Serle, Geoffrey. "Mackey, Sir John Emanuel (1863–1924)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.


Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Arthur Nichols
Member for Gippsland West
Succeeded by
Arthur Walter
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Frank Madden
Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
John Bowser
Preceded by
John Davies
Solicitor-General of Victoria
Feb – Sep 1908
Succeeded by
John Davies