James William Abigail Jnr was born in London on 27 April 1864 and migrated to Australia as a child with his parents in 1866. His father was James Abigail Snr who also served on Newtown Council. Abigail Jnr lived in ‘Mona Villa’ next to Stanmore Public School from 1891 to 1911, when the school purchased the house to extend the playground. He moved to ‘Ophir’ on Addison Road, then Mosman and Woollahra.
Occupation & interests
Abigail had a reputation as a successful defence attorney. In 1927 he had defended 100 capital charges with none proceeding to the death sentence.
James William Abigail stood unsuccessfully for the federal Newtown-Camperdown seat in 1898.
Local government service
James William Abigail Jnr was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1897-98.