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Leahy, John

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Birth Date: 15 July 1854 (Schull, Cork, Ireland)

Death Date: 20 January 1909 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Patrick Leahy and Mary (nee Coghlan)

Family: Annie Colbert at Thargomindah on 11 February 1886, 1 son, 6 daughters

Education: Educated in Schull, Ireland

Religion: Roman Catholic

Relationship to Politician: His grand daughter Ann is the member for Warrego; His brother Patrick James was the member for Warrego


Farm labourer at Bulimba, after arrival in Queensland in 1874; Established general store at Thargomindah, 1876; Acquired Royal Hotel and 'Thargomindah Herald' newspaper; Part proprietor of Thylungra Station, Windorah; Member of Bulloo Divisional Board, chairman 1883

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly IND Bulloo 25 Apr 1893 1 Mar 1899
Assembly MIN Bulloo 1 Mar 1899 27 Aug 1904
Assembly OPP Bulloo 27 Aug 1904 5 Feb 1908
Assembly MIN Bulloo 5 Feb 1908 20 Jan 1909 Died in office

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Speaker 23 Jul 1907 20 Jan 1909
Secretary for Railways and Public Works 1 Feb 1901 17 Sep 1903

Additional Information

Notes: Director, Queensland Meat Export and Agency Co. and the Australian Estates and Mortgage Co; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, Queensland; President, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, 1907; Member, Tattersall's Club Brisbane and the Irish Club

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 172308 ; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)