James Coghlan was born in 1827 in Wexford, Ireland. In 1853 Coghlan moved to Victoria where he worked as a digger in Ballarat. In 1856 he was employed by Murphy's Wharf Brewery in Melbourne where he acquired his skills that would prove to be the foundation of his trade.
In 1857 he returned to Ballarat and established the Pheonix Brewery at Warrenheip. He became active within the community, acting as a Justice of the Peace for the Bungaree Court. He served on the Ballarat Hospital Committee from 1895 to 1902, serving as President from 1899 to 1901. He was bestowed a Knight of St Gregory in Victoria by His Holiness the Pope.
James Coghlan died in 1902.
Former Mayor of Ballarat. (See http://bih.ballarat.edu.au/index.php/Ballarat)
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