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Sir James MacBain (Knighted in 1886; K.C.M.G. 1889)

19 April 1828 (Invergordon, Ross)
04 November 1892
Smith and Christina

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: 1853 Jessie Smith; no children

Parish school Invergorden; acquired business experience in Scotland


Indentured to a draper, and then worked as a commercial traveller. 1853 emigrated to Melbourne worked for the Bank of New South Wales. After a visit to England in 1857-58 MacBain became managing partner of the mercantile and pastoral agency Gibbs, Roland & Co. Continued association when it amalgamated with Richards Gibbs & Co. and 1863 and when it was purchased by the Australian Mortgage (Mercantile) Land and Finance Co. in 1865, eventually becoming chairman and managing director.During his time in parliament MacBain was director of several companies, and also acquired pastoral interests near Kilmore and in the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan districts. He was survived by his wife and by a nephew whom he had adopted.

HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyWimmera1 November 18641 February 1880
Legislative CouncilCentral1 May 18801 November 1882By-election
Legislative CouncilSouth Yarra1 November 18821 November 1892

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
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