James Augustine Cunneen (22 February 1826 – 19 April 1889) was an Australian politician.
In 1861 he married Elizabeth Hudson, with whom he had eight children. In 1860 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Hawkesbury, serving until his defeat in 1869. He returned to the Assembly as the member for Wollombi in 1872, serving until 1877. In September 1865 the Governor declared that a member of the Legislative Assembly was capable of holding the office of Postmaster-General, and Cunneen was appointed, becoming the first member of parliament to hold the office so since the establishment of Responsible Government in 1856. He served until January 1866, however his appointment as a minister did not give him a seat in cabinet.
After leaving politics he became a land agent, but found little success.
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as public servant
|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Hawkesbury
Served alongside: William Piddington
| Member for Wollombi