Sir Thomas Rainsford BAVIN (1874 - 1941)**
- Date of Birth: 05/05/1874
- Place of Birth: Kaiapoi, New Zealand
- Date of Death: 31/08/1941
- Place of Death: Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||31 Mar 1917||14 Oct 1935||18yr(s) 6mth(s) 14day(s)|
|Member for Gordon||31 Mar 1917||18 Feb 1920||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 19day(s)|
24th (1917 - 1920)
|Member for Ryde||20 Mar 1920||7 Sep 1927||7yr(s) 5mth(s) 19day(s)|
25th (1920 - 1922)
|Member for Ryde||25 Mar 1922||18 Apr 1925||3yr(s) 25day(s)|
26th (1922 - 1925)
|Member for Ryde||30 May 1925||7 Sep 1927||2yr(s) 3mth(s) 9day(s)|
27th (1925 - 1927)
|Member for Gordon||8 Oct 1927||14 Oct 1935||8yr(s) 7day(s)|
28th (1927 - 1930)
|Member for Gordon||25 Oct 1930||18 May 1932||1yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)|
29th (1930 - 1932)
|Member for Gordon||11 Jun 1932||12 Apr 1935||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)|
29th (1930 - 1932)
|Member for Gordon||18 Apr 1935||14 Oct 1935||5mth(s) 27day(s)|
31st (1935 - 1938)
|Attorney General and Minister for Justice||20 Dec 1921||17 Feb 1922||1mth(s) 29day(s)|
|Attorney General ||13 Apr 1922||17 Jun 1925||3yr(s) 2mth(s) 5day(s)|
|Premier of New South Wales||18 Oct 1927||3 Nov 1930||3yr(s) 17day(s)|
|Colonial Treasurer||18 Oct 1927||15 Apr 1929||1yr(s) 5mth(s) 29day(s)|
|Colonial Secretary||1 Feb 1929||15 Apr 1929||2mth(s) 15day(s)|
|The Governor's Opening Speech Committee No.1||17 Jul 1917||30 Mar 1918||8mths 14days|
24th (1917 - 1920)
Political Party Activity
Nationalist Party. Resigned 1920, becoming deputy leader of Progressives, stood as Coalition candidate 1922, rejoined Nationalist Party, leader 1925-1932. United Australia Party (UAP); vice-president UAP 1932-1935.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Educated at Auckland Grammar School, Newington College, University of Sydney, BA (Hons) 1894, LLB (Hons) 1897. Teacher at Newington College while studying law; editor Hermes; called to Bar 1897; active in early closing movement and federation movement; acting professor of law University of Tasmania 1900; private secretary to Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, from 1901 until 1903, Alfred Deakin from 1903 until 1904; returned to Bar in Sydney acquiring reputation in constitutional law; King's Counsel (KC)1924; appointed judge of New South Wales Supreme Court 1935; member Australia National Defence League from 1906 until 1909; President of Royal Commissioner of Food Supply; foundation member Round Table group 1912; joint secretary of Universal Service League from 1915 until 1917; first president of League of Nations Union New South Wales 1920; New South Wales president of Royal Institue of International Affairs, 1924; first president of Australia Institute of International Affairs 1930; chairman of British Commonwealth Relations Conference, 1938; author of Thomas Rainsford Bavin: Extracts from his Speeches from 1923 until 1932 1933, The Work and Aims of the Institute of International Affairs 1934, The Jubilee Book of the Law School of the University of Sydney from 1890 until 1940, Sir Henry Parkes: His Life and Work 1941; contributor as 'Lex' to Daily Telegraph. North Suburbs Cemetery from St Andrew's Church of England Cathedral.
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) 1933. Held honorary commission of the Royal Australian Naval Intelligence Service 1918
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Willoughby from 1911 until 1914
Son of Rainsford Bavin, Wesleyan minister, and Emma Buddle. Married Edyth Ellen Winchcombe on 6 Feb 1901 at Sydney, daughter of Frederick Earle Winchcombe (q.v.); and had issue, l son and 3 daughters. Church of England.
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7.
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Sir Thomas Bavin - letters received. (MLMSS 2116); photographs in the Leaf cat 1.