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James Daniel Connolly


Principal Honours
Knight (Kt) (1920)
Birth
Date: 2 December 1869
Place: Allora, Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia
Arrival in WA
Parents
Son of Denis, labourer and farmer, and Johanna Callaghan
Marriage and Family
Married 17 November 1898, Roman Catholic Church, St Arnaud, Victoria to Catherine Charlotte Edwards (born circa 1870), daughter of John and Catherine Johnston
Children: five daughters
Widowed 1948
Death
Date: 12 February 1962
Place: Nursing home, London, England, UK
Cemetery: Funeral service at Kensington
Cause of Death:
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated Warwick State school and Christian Brothers
St Joseph’s College, Brisbane

Trained as a quantity surveyor
Occupation
Builder
Employment History
1893 building contractor, Kalgoorlie
As Colonial Secretary helped initiate Children’s Hospital (later Princess Margaret Hospital) and King Edward Memorial Hospital
1912 Kt of St Sylvester
1919 Commander of the Order of Belgium
Agent General for Western Australia, June 1917–1923 then settled in London
Director of numerous companies
Agent General for Malta 1929–32
House
MLC
MLA
Local Government Service
Kalgoorlie Town Council 1899
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
12 June 1901
Inaugural Speech
Connolly, James Daniel, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1917
Electorate
North-East
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC North-East Province 12 June 1901 (by-election)–February 1914 (resigned)
  • Contested North Province 21 March 1914 (by-election)
  • MLA Perth, 21 October 1914–June 1917 (resigned)

Office
  • Colonial Secretary and Minister for Commerce and Labor 7 May 1906–16 September 1910
  • Colonial Secretary 16 September 1910–7 October 1911
  • Honorary Minister 27 July 1916–June 1917
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
1893 to WA Goldfields
Generous donor to St Thomas Moore College, University of Western Australia
Qualifications
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 51.
Further Information
  • Battye, I, 325
  • G. C. Bolton, 'Connolly, Sir James Daniel (1869–1962)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/connolly-sir-james-daniel-5755/text9749, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.
  • DWA 5.
  • The Times 15 February 1962.
  • Twentieth Century Impressions 23.
  • Who's Who in Australia (1927–28 – 1959)
Bibliography
The Cyclopedia of Western Australia : an historical and commercial review, descriptive and biographical facts figures and illustrations : an epitome of progress. Vol. I