The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Meaden, John William
Meaden, John William, was born in London on August 12th, 1840, and arrived in Melbourne in 1854. Mr. Meaden, who was engaged in commercial pursuits, was the author of the prize cantata performed at the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition of 1880. He also secured prizes of £100 offered for an essay on the "Commercial History of Australasia," of £50 for an essay on "Protection in Victoria," and of smaller amounts for essays on the Sabbath question and other subjects. Mr. Meaden was one of the founders of the Victorian Alliance, and now holds the position of honorary secretary. He established the Alliance Record the organ of the "Local Option" party in Victoria. He was married at St. Mark's, Fitzroy, Victoria, on Nov. 17th, 1863, to Miss Mary Anne Bullock.