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James Garvan

James Patrick Garvan (2 May 1843 – 20 November 1896)[1] was an Australian politician, Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales in 1889.


Garvan was born in Cappagh, County Limerick, Ireland, son of Denis Bourke Garvan and Anne, née Culhane.[1] Garvan founded the North Shore Steam Ferry Co. Ltd., the City Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Ltd and the City Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd.[2] He represented Eden in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.[3] He was Minister of Justice in the Jennings ministry from February 1886 to January 1887, and Colonial Treasurer in the second Dibbs ministry from January to March 1889.[3][4]


Garvan died at North Sydney on 20 November 1896(1896-11-20) (aged 53).[5][6]

His son John Garvan was the inaugural chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.[7]

After his death, Garvan's daughter Helen Mills donated £100,000 towards the establishment of a medical research institute, which she requested be named the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in her father's honour.[8]


  1. ^ a b "James Patrick Garvan". New South Wales Government. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ Nairn, Bede. "Garvan, James Patrick (1843–1896)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Mennell, Philip (1892). "Garvan, Hon. James Patrick" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  4. ^ "Mr James Patrick Garvan (1843-1896)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ "The Late Mr. J. P. Garvan". Australian Town and Country Journal. 28 November 1896. p. 20. Retrieved 2 July 2021 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "The Late Mr. J. P. Garvan". The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser. 28 November 1896. p. 1144. Retrieved 2 July 2021 – via Trove.
  7. ^ Nairn, Bede (1981). "Garvan, Sir John Joseph (1873–1927)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 8.
  8. ^ "History". Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Retrieved 18 December 2022.


Parliament of New South Wales Political offices Preceded byLouis Heydon Minister of Justice 1886 – 1887 Succeeded byWilliam Clarke Preceded byPatrick Jennings Colonial Treasurer January – March 1889 Succeeded byWilliam McMillan New South Wales Legislative Assembly Preceded byHenry Clarke Member for Eden 1880–1894 With: Henry Clarke District abolished
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