Mr Francis George DOWNING (1907 - 1978)**
- Date of Birth: 07/03/1907
- Place of Birth: Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
- Date of Death: 22/12/1978
- Place of Death: Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||14 Feb 1953||23 Jan 1968||14yr(s) 11mth(s) 10day(s)|
|Member for Ryde||14 Feb 1953||6 Feb 1956||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 24day(s)|
37th (1953 - 1956)
|Member for Ryde||3 Mar 1956||16 Feb 1959||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 14day(s)|
38th (1956 - 1959)
|Member for Ryde||21 Mar 1959||5 Feb 1962||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 16day(s)|
39th (1950 - 1953)
|Member for Ryde||3 Mar 1962||31 Mar 1965||3yr(s) 29day(s)|
40th (1962 - 1965)
|Member for Ryde||1 May 1965||23 Jan 1968||2yr(s) 8mth(s) 23day(s)|
41st (1965 - 1968)
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Chairman of the Parliamentary Party in 1959.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Timber worker. Educated at Tumut convent school and Marist Brothers at Hunters Hill. Became a timber worker; machinist with the New South Wales Co-operative; member of the Timber Workers Union; director of Ryde District Soldiers Memorial Hospital; member of interim council of Macquarie University.
Son of Robert Downing, council worker, and Frances Jean Galvin. Married Dorothy Tetley in March 1961 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Roman Catholic. Brother of Robert Reginald Downing, a Member of the Legislative Council; cousin of Thomas Chrystostom O'Mara, also a member of the Legislative Assembly.