James Howe

Patent And Fancy Leather Dresser

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1886 1891
Mayor Waterloo 1888 1889

Family background

James Peter Howe was born on 3 November 1854 in Sydney, NSW, son of William Bryant Howe and Mary Lambert. He married Annie Emma Burchmore on 27 November 1878 at St Paul’s, Sydney, NSW and they had 4 sons and 5 daughters. James Peter Howe died in a private hospital, late of ‘Cranford’ Hotham Street, South Preston, Victoria, on 1 July 1917, aged 62 years and he was buried in Coburg Cemetery. He had a boot warehouse at 21 Botany Road, Waterloo.

Occupation & interests

Howe was educated in Chippendale under Mr S Burrows. From the age of 15, he worked as a patent and fancy leather dresser with Anderson & Sons and by 1890 he was its Branch Manager. In later years he moved to Melbourne and set up the firm of J P Howe & Co Pty Ltd in Preston and was a Director of the Australian Mercantile Loan & Guarantee Company Limited and while with this company he was convicted on 31 October 1891 on a charge of having conspired to defraud the Australian Mercantile Loan and Guarantee Company Limited which resulted in a sentence of 7 years imprisonment. He was released after 3 years and 7 months.

Community activity

Howe was President of Redfern Protection Union. Supporter of friendly and benefit societies. A Freemason becoming Senior Grand Warden of NSW. Member of Preston Masonic Lodge.

Parliamentary service

Howe was Member for Redfern 1889-1891 and Bourke in 1891. He was later Councillor and President of Preston Shire Council, Victoria

Local government service

James Peter Howe was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1886-1891. He was mayor in 1888-89.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1886, p. 2, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111191435

‘A Sydney Legislator’, Australian Town and Country Journal, 28 September 1889, p. 33, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71123848

‘Financial Troubles’, The Newcastle Morning Herald, 15 October 1891 p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/135844514

Parliament of NSW Former Members, James Peter Howe


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