From The Mercury (Hobart), 2 November 1940
Former tennis champion – Mr James L. McGough
Mr James Leslie McGough, of Melville Street, Hobart, formerly tennis champion of Tasmania, and for many years an officer in the State Public Service, died yesterday in his 59th year.
Born in Hobart, Mr McGough first won the singles championship of Tasmania in 1900, when he was 17 years of age. He won the singles title on 13 occasions, the men’s doubles 10 times, and the mixed doubles championship on several occasions. He participated in interstate matches, and it is considered that his graceful, natural style would have gained him Davis Cup honours had he had more opportunities of meeting first-class players. Mr McGough took part in tournament tennis until middle life, and he continued to be a player in recent years. He was also a tennis coach.
Mr McGough entered the Public Service in 1898 as a clerk in the Public Works Department. He was Secretary to the Minister for Lands and Works from 1907 until 1911, and then was appointed Secretary of the Closer Settlement Board. In 1919, he became permanent Head of the Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers’ Settlement Department, and later he also became Assistant Secretary of Lands. He retired after the amalgamation of the Lands and Survey and Closer Settlement departments in 1932. He was a popular and efficient officer.
Mr McGough is survived by his wife [née Mary Kathleen Drummond Walker] and two children.
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