James Abigail Jnr


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1897 1898

Family background

James William Abigail Jnr was born in London on 27 April 1864 and migrated to Australia as a child with his parents in 1866. His father was James Abigail Snr who also served on Newtown Council. Abigail Jnr lived in ‘Mona Villa’ next to Stanmore Public School from 1891 to 1911, when the school purchased the house to extend the playground. He moved to ‘Ophir’ on Addison Road, then Mosman and Woollahra.

Occupation & interests

Abigail had a reputation as a successful defence attorney. In 1927 he had defended 100 capital charges with none proceeding to the death sentence.

Parliamentary service

James William Abigail stood unsuccessfully for the federal Newtown-Camperdown seat in 1898.

Local government service

James William Abigail Jnr was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1897-98.


‘Mr J W Abigail’, Sunday Times, 4 September 1927, p. 5005, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/128510477
‘Sydney Solicitor’s Death’, The Herald (Melbourne), 18 November 1928, p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article244096965
‘Obituary’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 November 1928, p. 13, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16510363
‘In Town and Out’, The Herald (Melbourne), 20 November 1928, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article244095599 
‘Noted Criminal Lawyer Dead’, The Armidale Chronicle, 21 November 1928, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article187861168


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