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Column over the grave commemorates Sir James Service (1823-1899), Premier of Victoria.

Sir James Service was born in Scotland and emigrated to Victoria in 1853 as a representative of Corbett & Co. tea and coffee business. However, about the year 1855, he founded the business of James Service and Company, importers and wholesale merchants. In 1857 he was elected to represent Melbourne in the legislative assembly.

At the election held early in 1880 Service formed his first administration taking the positions of premier and treasurer. In June 1883, Service raised again the question of federation.

He supported Sir Thomas McIlwraith in his action with regard to the annexation of New Guinea. His health compelled him to retire from the ministry in 1886 and he died on 13 April 1899.


Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Front Inscription

Hon. James Service M.L.AC,
President of the First Federal Conference of Australasia 1886.
Twice Premier of the Colony of Victoria and Member of the Legislative Assembly 26 years.

Born at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, 27th Nov 1823.

Died at Kilwinning, Balaclava, 12th April 1895

Well done thou good and faithful servant
Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord
Matthew XXV 23

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