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James William Johnson

James William Johnson was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in 1852 in the first cohort of students, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and Master of Arts in 1859.


His early years

James William Johnson was the eldest son of Robert Ebenezer Johnson, a solicitor, politician and member of the first Legislative Council which met in 1856, after responsible government was granted.

James was born in Sydney on 30 August 1936 and was educated at the classical school of the Reverend Henry Cary.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Johnson was 18 when he was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in the first cohort of students.

He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and Master of Arts in 1859.

His career

Johnson became a solicitor and, in 1869, a partner of Randolph Charles Want, the firm being renamed Want, Johnson and Want. Eventually the firm became Johnson, Minter, Simpson and Co.

He retired as senior partner about 1898 and died in 1910, aged 75, after a long and painful illness.

From 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 12 September 1910.