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Kirkintilloch Town and Parish
Sir James M'Culloch, K.C.M.G.


Although not a native, had the good fortune to be married to a Kirkintilloch lady.

Sir James was born in Glasgow, and was the son of Mr. George M'Culloch, contractor; became a partner in the firm of J. & A. Dennistoun, and went to Melbourne in 1853, to establish a branch there.

After conducting it for ten years he founded a new firm in Melbourne, under the style of M‘Culloch, Sellars & Co.

He was twice president of the chamber of commerce, and chairman of several banks and leading public companies of Melbourne.

Being strongly interested in the politics of the colony he soon was called on to fill some minor ministerial positions, and afterwards rose to be premier from 1862 till 1868, and, with slight intervals, till 1871. At the visit of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh to the colony, Mr. M£Culloch was knighted, and shortly afterwards paid a visit to Europe, and acted as agent-general for Victoria In 1874 he received the title of K.C.M.G. For a second time he became premier in 1875, and retained office till May, 1877, but his popularity, at one time very great, had waned, and he soon afterwards retired from public life, and went to England to live.

Sir James died at Garbrand Hall, Ewell, Surrey, on 30th January, 1893, in the seventyfourth year of his age, and was buried in the Necropolis, Glasgow; the scene of his early days, but far from the colony where the best part of his life and energies were spent.

Lady M‘Culloch, his second wife—formerly Miss Inglis— who survives him, was long known and respected in Kirkintilloch for her amiability of character and the active interest she took in the industrial schools and every benevolent scheme.


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