Mr (Harry) Henry Basil TURNER, M.A (1905 - 1988)**

  • Date of Birth: 08/07/1905
  • Place of Birth: Woolwich, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 19/09/1988
  • Place of Death: Killara, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly7 Aug 193718 Nov 195215yr(s) 3mth(s) 12day(s)
Member for Gordon7 Aug 193724 Feb 19386mth(s) 18day(s)
Member for Gordon26 Mar 193825 Aug 19385mth(s)
Member for Gordon24 Sep 193818 Apr 19412yr(s) 6mth(s) 26day(s)
Member for Gordon10 May 194124 Apr 19442yr(s) 11mth(s) 15day(s)
Member for Gordon27 May 194429 Mar 19472yr(s) 10mth(s) 3day(s)
Member for Gordon3 May 194722 May 19503yr(s) 20day(s)
Member for Gordon17 Jun 195018 Nov 19522yr(s) 5mth(s) 2day(s)

Political Party Activity

United Australia Party. Secretary of Killara branch and delegate to council. Liberal Party.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Lawyer (barrister). Educated at Malvern School, Hunters Hill, Sydney., University of Sydney. BA 1927 and Queens College, Cambridge, MA Canterbury; called to Bar (Inner Temple) in 1930; travelled extensively in Europe; practised in New South Wales 1931 - 1937. Delegate to United Nations general assembly 1963, and 1969; member of parliamentary delegation to East Asia in 1965; delegate to 7th general assembly in Asian Parliamentary Union, Cambodia in 1971, leader of Australian delegation to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference, Malawi in 1972; Australian representative in Malawi republic celebrations.

Military Service

Served in 2nd Australian Imperial Forces 1940 -1944, 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Division; Greece, Syria, New Guinea, lieutenant.

Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held

Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Bradfield 1952 - 1974.


Son of Basil William Turner, metallurgist, and Mabel Lily Breillat. Married Mildred Mary Raymond at Mosman on 4 July 1931 and they had 3 daughters and 1 son.

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