John C. Cawood

John Charles Cawood was an Australian administrator who served as Government Resident of Central Australia during the territory's brief existence as a separate jurisdiction from the Northern Territory. The seat of power was Alice Springs, then known as Stuart Town.[1]

John Charles Cawood
Government Resident of Central Australia
In office
15 December 1926  11 December 1929
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byVictor Carrington
Personal details

Cawood had a background as a forester and sawmiller. He had served as president of the Bellingen Shire Council in New South Wales and was also a coroner and magistrate. Cawood was the first person to hold this office, serving from 1926 till 1929. He oversaw an inquiry in the Coniston Massacre of 1928. His successor was Victor George Carrington, who served from 1929 until the territory's abolition (and re-establishment of the Northern Territory) in 1931.[1]

Cawood retired to Cronulla, New South Wales.[1] He was elected president of the Cronulla branch of the United Australia Party in 1936,[2] and in the same year chaired the inaugural meeting of the Australian Unification League, formed with the aim of abolishing state parliaments.[3] He was the secretary of the Parramatta Co-operative Building Society in 1938.[4]


  1. "Biography: Previous Incumbents - John Charles Cawood" (PDF). Government House NT. Northern Territory Government. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. "Cronulla U.A.P." The Propeller. 20 February 1936.
  3. "League for abolition of state parliaments". The Labor Daily. 25 November 1936.
  4. "Old Parramatta Family". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate. 31 March 1938.
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