John Hood (Australian politician)

John Hood (c.1817 – 22 November 1877) was an Australian chemist and politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Council, and later, the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1]

Early life

Hood was born in County Antrim, Ireland, the son of James Hood, a farmer, and Margaret, nee O'Neill.[1]

Early career

In June 1840 Hood arrived in Melbourne and joined the firm of Robert Wilson & Company around 1841, later becoming head of the firm.[1]

Political career

On the inauguration of the constitution in 1856 Hood was returned to the Upper House for the Central province until resigning in September 1859.[1] Hood then successfully stood for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Belfast.[1]


He was father of Sir Joseph Henry Hood (1845–1922), puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria,[2] and grandfather of violinist Florence Hood (1880–1968).


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Hood, John". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria.
  2. "Sir Joseph Hood". The Argus (Melbourne) (23,501). Victoria, Australia. 29 November 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 27 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
Victorian Legislative Council
New district Member for Central Province
November 1856 – September 1859
With: John Hodgson 1856–59
John Pascoe Fawkner 1856–59
Henry Miller 1856–58
Thomas Fellows 1858–59
Nehemiah Guthridge 1856–58
Thomas T. à Beckett 1858–59
Succeeded by
George Ward Cole
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Francis Beaver
Member for Belfast
October 1859 – August 1864
Succeeded by
Augustus Greeves
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