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McCAY, the Hon. James WhitesideBiography for McCAY, the Hon. James Whiteside

Member for Corinella (Vic)

Protectionist Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Castlemaine, 1895. Defeated at general elections 1899.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Corinella, Victoria, 1901. Re-elected 1903 (unopposed). Contested the House of Representatives division of Corio, Victoria, 1906, following electoral redistribution (defeated).

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Royal Commission on the Bonus for Manufactures Bill, 1903

Ministerial Appointments

Cabinet Minister from 18.8.1904 to 5.7.1905.

Minister for Defence from 18.8.1904 to 5.7.1905.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Standing Orders from 23.8.1901 to 21.11.1905.

House of Representatives Select: Bonuses for Manufactures Bill from 2.9.1902 to 1902; Electoral Act Administration from 19.5.1904 to 1904.


Born 21.12.1864, Ballynure, County Antrim, Ireland

Died 1.10.1930


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament




Taught at Castlemaine Grammar School from 1893 to 1895

Local Government Service

Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Castlemaine, 1895. Defeated at general elections 1899.

Minister for Public Instruction from 5.12.1899 to 29.12.1899.

Commissioner of Trade and Customs from 5.12.1899 to 29.12.1899.


Appointed Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, 15.10.1915

Commandeur, legion d'honneur, 1916

Appointed Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, 01.01.1918

Appointed Knight Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 09.06.1919

Military Service

Wounded in Action

Four times mentioned in despatches

Appointed temporary Brigadier-General in command, 2nd Infantry Brigade, AIF from 15.08.1914 to 20.08.1919, when AIF appointment was terminated

Embarked from Melbourne from 21.10.1914 to 11.11.1915, when returned to Australia

Appointed Inspector-General of AIF in Australia, with temporary rank of Major-General from 29.11.1915 to 21.02.1916, when appointment was terminated

Promoted to the Rank of Major-General, 22.02.1916

Re-embarked from Melbourne to command 5th Australian Division in Egypt and France, 23.02.1916

General Officer Commanding Australian Imperial Force Depots, United Kingdom from May 1917 to March 1919

Returned to Australia, 07.06.1919

Major-General, Australian Military forces, Unattached List, 1920