John Dane (Australian politician)

John Dane (7 January 1810[1] – 30 April 1882) was a British army officer and politician in colonial Victoria, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council and later, the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[2]

Early life

Dane was born in Killyhewlin, County Fermanagh, Ireland, the son of Captain John Dane[2] and Margaret Humphries.[1] Dane junior retired from the British army with rank of captain in the 53rd Regiment.[2]

Colonial Australia

Dane arrived in Melbourne in August 1851 and was appointed assistant gold commissioner at Bendigo in December 1851. He resigned the following February and returned to Melbourne, purchasing land in Boroondara in 1853. In 1853 he was elected to the unicameral Victorian Legislative Council for South Bourke, Evelyn and Mornington, a seat he held until resigning in November 1854.[2] Dane was elected to the seat of Warrnambool in the Victorian Legislative Assembly in November 1864, a seat he held until December 1865.[2]

Dane died in Campbelltown, New South Wales at his daughter's home.[2][3]


  1. 1 2 "John Dane". The Peerage.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Dane, John". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  3. "Deaths". The Argus. Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 4 May 1882. p. 1. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
Victorian Legislative Council
New seat Member for Sth. Bourke, Evelyn & Mornington
Served alongside: Henry Miller
Succeeded by
Henry Samuel Chapman
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Wood
Member for Warrnambool
Succeeded by
William Plummer
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