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Former Member Details

Mr John Horace TONKIN (1889 - 1967)

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Date of Birth: 19/10/1889
Place of Birth: Avenel, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: 02/11/1967
Place of Death: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 08 Oct 1940 22 Apr 1946 5 years 6 months 15 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 8 October 1940. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. T.C. Trautwein, seat declared vacant.
Political Party Activity
United Australia Party
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Civil engineer. Educated at Central College., Geelong. Surveyor with Victorian railways in 1912, engineer at Karkarooc Shire and consulting engineer Birchip and Walpeup Shires 1913 - 1915, engineer at Urana Shire 1916 - 1918, Mosman Council 1919 - 1927; managing director and chief engineer of Concreters Limited 1927 - 1940; general contractor; consulting engineer and builder 1940 - 1955; member of Master Builders' Association; foundation member of Institute of Engineers, Australia and of Town and Country Planning Institute of New South Wales; author in 1922 and 1939
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Samuel Tonkin, storekeeper, and Josephine Emmerson. Married Harriett Doris Higginson on 11 October 1916 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Funeral at Northern Suburbs crematorium from Scots Presbyterian Kirk at Mosman.
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