John Pollock Spiers

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John Pollock Spiers (1856-1930) was a baker in Learmonth, and a Member of the Legislative Assembly.



John Pollock Spiers was born c.1855 in Scotland, the son of Robert Hunter Spiers and Mary Pollock.[1] The family emigrated from Scotland at the end of 1855. There is a record of them arriving as assisted migrants in Melbourne on the "Mermaid", and then going straight to Launceston on the "Femlia(?)" arriving on February 26, 1856.[2] They were among a group of Scots sponsored by A. Learmonth.

He married Jessie Stewart (1871-1963)[3] in 1892.[4] Jessie was born at Learmonth, one of nine children of Duncan Stewart and Margaret Clark.[5] Duncan Stewart was a butcher at Learmonth.[6]

Spiers built Learmonth's second bakery in 1884.

In 1891 he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace.[7]

He was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the seat of Windermere in a by-election in 1898. He had stood as a candidate in the election of 1897 but was defeated by William Anderson. He won the by-election called after Anderson's death.[8]

In 1904 Spiers was called to a Royal Commission investigating bribery charges against the Premier, Sir Alexander Peacock. Peacock had given Spiers £50 in October 1901.[9]

In 1915 Spiers was elected to the West Riding of the Ballarat Shire.[10]

Spiers died at Ballarat on June 5, 1930.[1].

SPIERS.-On the 5th June, at his residence, 10 Grove street, Ballarat, John Pollick Spiers, late of Learmonth, beloved husband of Jessie, and loving father of Norman, Myra, and Austin, aged 74 years.[11]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Death Index Victoria, 1921-1985, 1930 Ref 3879, Macbeth Genealogical Services
  2. Archives Office of Tasmania; Tasmania, Australia; Descriptive List of Immigrants; Film Number: SLTX/AO/MB/141; Series Number: CB7/12/1/9-12.
  3. Death Index Victoria 1921-1985, 1963 ref 4678, Macbeth Genealogical Services
  4. Australian Marriage Index, 1788-1950, Victoria 1892 Ref. No. 3101
  5. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, 1871 Ref. 3402, Macbeth Genealogical Services
  6. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Australian Electoral Commission. [Electoral roll]
  7. 1891 'NEW JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 February, p. 11, viewed 10 December, 2013,
  8. 1898 'THE WINDERMERE ELECTION.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 June, p. 9, viewed 10 December, 2013,
  9. 1904 'ALLEGED POLITICAL BRIBERY.', Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916), 10 May, p. 30, viewed 10 December, 2013,
  10. 1915 'COUNTRY.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 August, p. 8, viewed 10 December, 2013,
  11. 1930 'Family Notices.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 11 June, p. 1, viewed 12 December, 2013,

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