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Memorial plaque, erected at the gravesite by the City of Monash, commemorates of James Black Ronald, an Australian politician who was a member of the first Australian Parliament.

James Black Ronald was born in Scotland and educated in Edinburgh.  He was a minister of the Presbyterian Church.

In 1901 Ronald, a Labor candidate, was elected to represent the federal seat of Southern Melbourne in the House of Representatives at the first federal election. Ronald was the only clergyman elected to the first Parliament and is believed to be the only Labor member to have graduated from university.

Ronald was defeated at the 1906 election. He joined the Nationalist Party in 1917 but failed to gain pre-selection for Melbourne Ports. He unsuccessfully contested the seat of Fawkner as an independent in 1929.

Ronald was known for his extreme views on the White Australia Policy.


Address:Drummond Street, Oakleigh Pioneer Memorial Park, Oakleigh, 3166
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.897541
Long: 145.088572
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2004
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Member of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Born Bo`Ness Scotland 21 August 1861

Died Melbourne 27 July 1941

Minister of Religion, Presbyterian Church of Victoria
Oakleigh 1894 -1898 & South Melbourne (Clarendon Street) 1899 -1901

Member of Parliament 1901 -1906 
At the General Elections held on 29 March 1901, James Black Ronald was
elected as the Member for Southern Melbourne in the House of Representatives


Source: MA
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