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John Fitzpatrick (New South Wales politician)

John Fitzpatrick
John Charles Lucas Fitzpatrick

(1862-02-15)15 February 1862
Died7 August 1932(1932-08-07) (aged 70)
Known forpolitician 1895-1930
Spouse(s)Agnes Clare Kelly (married 1886-)

John Charles Lucas Fitzpatrick (15 February 1862 – 7 August 1932) was an Australian politician and journalist.

Fitzpatrick was born in Moama in the Riverina region of New South Wales, but his family moved to Windsor in 1869. He was educated at a catholic school and he was apprenticed to the former Australian newspaper's Windsor office at 14. He was a compositor on the former Melbourne Punch at 18 and subsequently worked on papers in Gunnedah, Narrabri, Walgett and Parramatta and Goulburn. In January 1886 he married Agnes Clare Kelly. In about 1888, he established the Windsor and Richmond Gazette and in 1905 he bought the Molong Argus, which he sold in 1907.[1]

Political career

Fitzpatrick was elected as the member for Rylstone in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in July 1895, representing the Free Trade Party. While the election was found to be invalid, he won the subsequent by-election in October 1895. He held the seat until 1904, when he stood unsuccessfully for Northumberland. In 1906, he lost the Federal seat of Calare to Thomas Brown. In 1907, he won the state seat of Orange as a Liberal and held it until 1930, except for the period of proportional representation between 1920 and 1927, when he was one of the members for Bathurst. He joined Holman's Nationalist government as Secretary for Mines from November 1916 and Colonial Treasurer from October 1918 until its defeat by John Storey Labor Party in April 1920. He was Secretary for Mines and Minister for Local Government on 20 December 1921 in George Fuller's seven-hour government and between 1922 and 1925. Fitzpatrick retired from politics in 1930.[1][2]

On 7 August 1932, Fitzpatrick died in the Sydney suburb of Roseville, New South Wales, survived by a son and daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Waterhouse, Jill (1981). "Fitzpatrick, John Charles Lucas (1862–1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
  2. ^ "The Hon. John Charles Lucas Fitzpatrick (1862–1932)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
William Wall
Member for Rylstone
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Albert Gardiner
Member for Orange
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Valentine Johnston
Member for Bathurst
Served alongside: Dooley, Johnston/Rosenthal/Gus Kelly
Succeeded by
Gus Kelly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Orange
Succeeded by
William Folster