Mr Robert Henry HANKINSON (1877 - 1953)**

  • Date of Birth: 11/10/1877
  • Place of Birth: Edenhope, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of Death: 25/10/1953
  • Place of Death: Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly11 Jun 193218 Apr 19418yr(s) 10mth(s) 8day(s)
Member for Murrumbidgee11 Jun 193212 Apr 19352yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)
30th (1932 - 1935)
Member for Murrumbidgee11 May 193524 Feb 19382yr(s) 9mth(s) 14day(s)
31st (1935 - 1938)
Member for Murrumbidgee26 Mar 193818 Apr 19413yr(s) 24day(s)
32nd (1938 - 1941)

Political Party Activity

Country Party, councillor in 1933.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Storekeeper and farmer. Educated at Edenhope public school; left school at thirteen, hotel yardsman, farming and station experience; moved to Riverina from Yarram, Victoria in 1898; became a shop assistant at H.S Rich and Company; acquired a store at Grong Grong then joined A.H Mackie in purchasing a store at Narrandera; later became a sole owner of the business and sold it in 1927; also acquired stores at Matong and Ganmain; executive committee of the South West Storekeepers' Association from 1930 until 1931; acquired lands in Murrumbidgee Irrigation area near Ardlethan, Wilga near Narrandera and Lemnos near Eurolie; pioneer ricegrower and first chairman of the Rice Marketing Board from 1928 until 1931; assisted in the foundation of Leeton Cannery in 1935; foundation president of Narrandera and District Repatriation committee, member of Producers' Advisory Council; central executive of Riverina Development League; Riverina Movement Referendum Committee in 1931; active in Local Comforts Fund; elder of St John's Presbyterian church at Narrandera.

Local Government Activity

Alderman at Narrandera in 1911, 1919 until 1924, 1925 until 1930, 1947 until 1957, Mayor from 1920 until 1921, 1923 until 1924, 1925 until 1926, 1927 until 1930, 1950 until 1951.


Son of Robert Hankinson, farmer, and Alice Davies. Married Beatrice Mary Klimpsoch on 16 October 1901 and had issue, 2 daughters, Funeral at Woronora cemetery from St John's Presbyterian church in Narrandera.

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