The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hackett, Hon. John Winthrop
Hackett, Hon. John Winthrop, M.L.C., was called to the Irish bar in Nov. 1874, and to that of Victoria in March 1876. He was Sub-Warden of Trinity College, Melbourne, and entered into the political controversies of the day as a strong Liberal on the land question, contesting Sandridge in that interest against Dr. Madden. Removing to Western Australia he became part-proprietor of the Western Australian published in Perth. When responsible government was conceded, at the end of 1890, he was nominated a member of the new Legislative Council, and one of the Western Australian delegates at the Federation Convention in Sydney, in 1891.