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James Blair : 01-November-2011
James Blair : 01-November-2011

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Railing from the old Mechanics Institute erected in 1899 commemorates James Blair, pioneer Police Magistrate at Portland and Crown Lands Commissioner. It was re-erected in 1982. 

James Blair was appointed Police Magistrate in Portland on 18 August 1840 and arrived in October 1840. He was later appointed magistrate for Bourke as well as Portland. During his 26 years as magistrate he held other official positions including deputy sheriff and immigration agent. He was also director of the Union Bank and the Bank of Victoria and patron of many charities.


Address:Blair Street, Harrow Mechanics Hall, Harrow, 3317
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.16664
Long: 141.591932
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Front Inscription

This railing was erected in memory of James Blair of `Clunie`, 1899". Blair was appointed Police Magistrate in Portland in 1840 and was Commissioner of Crown Lands 1843-1846. In 1844 he purchased `Clunie` near Harrow on the Glenelg River.

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