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Former Member Details

Mr John LANE MULLINS, M.A (1857 - 1939)

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Date of Birth: 12/06/1857
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 24/02/1939
Place of Death: Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 17 Jul 1917 22 Apr 1934 16 years 9 months 6 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 6 May 1917. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Nationalist Party
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1902
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (solicitor). Educated at St Mary's College; Lyndhurst, and University of Sydney., MA 1879; travelled in Europe for two years, articled to Robert Smith, later of Norton, Smith and Company; admitted as a solicitor in 1885; called to Bar in 1930; director of Tooheys Limited, Tooheys Standard Securities Limited, Lisgar Investment and Building Society., and City Life Insurance Company Limited; Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1916 until 1939, vice president in 1934, president from 1938 until 1939; member of State Children Relief Board from 1918; book plate collector, president of Australian Limited Editions Society and Australian Ex Libris Society., treasurer and secretary of Society of Artists; author of Art under the Roman Empire in 1913; leader of Roman Catholic laity
Military Service
Assisted in formation of New South Wales Irish Rifles Corps, 1st Lieutenant in 1896, Captain in 1898
Honours Received
Knight of St Gregory and Privy Chamberlain to Pope Pius X in 1903, Knight Commander of St Gregory in 1917, treasurer of St Mary's Cathedral; honorary secretary of St Vincent's Hospital from 1889 until 1914, honorary treasurer from 1915 until 1939, fellow of St John's College from 1885 until 1939
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of the Sydney City Council for Bligh Ward, 7 December 1900 - 30 November 1904 and 17 May 1906 - 1 December 1912. Member of the Finance Committee 1901 - 1904 and 1909 - 1911; the Health Committee 1901 - 1902; the Parliamentary and By-Laws Committee 1901 - 1903; the Electric Lighting Committee 1902, 1904, 1906 - 1911; the Parks and Recreation Committee 1903; the Health and By-Laws Committee 1906 - 1911; the Fruit and Vegetable Markets Committee 1907; and the Queen Victoria Market Buildings Special Committee 1901 - 1911.
Son of James Mullins, clerk, and his wife Eliza Lane, migrants from County Cork, Ireland. Married Jane Hughes on 14 April 1885 and had issue, 4 daughters and 1 son. Funeral at South Head cemetery from St Canice's Roman Catholic Church in Darlinghurst. His brothers-in-law, Sir Thomas Hughes and John Hughes, were both also Members of the Legislative Council.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10 (under Mullins, John Lane)