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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Wheeler, Hon. James Henry

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Wheeler, Hon. James Henry, M.L.A., Minister of Railways, Victoria, who was born in Derbyshire, and went to Victoria in 1854, is an extensive sawmill owner in the Wombat State Forest. He was elected to the Assembly for the Creswick district in 1864 as a moderate constitutionalist, but retired from Parliament in 1867. In 1880, however, he was re-elected, and represented the constituency till 1889, when he was returned for the Daylesford subdivision. In Nov. 1890, on the formation of the Munro Ministry, he accepted the post of Minister of Railways, which he continued to hold when in Feb. 1892 the Ministry was reconstructed under Mr. Shiels.