Donald Mackinnon

Last updated

Donald Mackinnon (29 September 1859 25 April 1932) was an Australian politician.

Contents

Early life

Born at Marida Yallock near Boorcan in Victoria to grazier David Mackinnon and Jane Kinross, both Scottish-born, he was educated at Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne University and New College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1883 he was called to the English Bar, returning to Victoria to repeat the achievement in 1884. At his father's death in 1889 he took over the family property, and also acquired grazing property in New South Wales and Queensland. On 19 August 1891 he married Hilda Eleanor Marie Bunny, sister of the artist Rupert Bunny; they had five children. [1]

Politics

In 1900 Mackinnon was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Liberal member for Prahran, serving as party leader from 1904 to 1907. He was Attorney-General of Victoria and Solicitor-General of Victoria in the William Watt and Alexander Peacock governments. He was defeated in 1920. [1]

After the failure of the first plebiscite on conscription during World War I, Mackinnon was appointed Commonwealth Director-General of Recruiting on 29 November 1916. [1]

Later life

Mackinnon's son Dan was a member of the Australian House of Representatives, and his grandson Donald James was also a Victorian state MP. Mackinnon died in 1932 at Toorak. [2] His brother, James, was a first-class cricketer.

Related Research Articles

James McCulloch Australian politician

Sir James McCulloch,, British colonial politician, was the fifth Premier of Victoria.

Charles Sladen Australian politician

Sir Charles Sladen,, Australian colonial politician, was the 6th Premier of Victoria.

James Service Australian politician

James Service, Australian colonial politician, was the 12th Premier of Victoria, Australia.

James Munro (Australian politician) Australian politician

James Munro was a Scottish born Australian businessman and colonial politician, and the 15th Premier of Victoria. He is best known as one of the leading figures in the land boom of the 1880s and especially the subsequent crash of the early 1890s, where his Christian morals were seen to clash with his business activities. He was also the former Commonwealth Secretary, and an able Minister in Victorian Liberal-National governments in Melbourne, Perth and Canberra, the longest-serving major Minister for Australian colonies.

Rupert Bunny Australian painter

Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny was an Australian painter. Born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, he achieved success and critical acclaim as an expatriate in fin-de-siècle Paris. He gained an honourable mention at the Paris Salon of 1890 with his painting Tritons and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 with his Burial of St Catherine of Alexandria. The French state acquired 13 of his works for the Musée du Luxembourg and regional collections. He was a "sumptuous colourist and splendidly erudite painter of ideal themes, and the creator of the most ambitious Salon paintings produced by an Australian."

Edward Wilson (journalist)

Edward Wilson was an English-Australian journalist and philanthropist.

Thomas Walter Mitchell was an Australian politician, author and sportsman.

Agar Wynne Australian politician

Agar Wynne was an Australian lawyer and politician. He began his career in the Victorian Legislative Council and served two terms as Solicitor-General of Victoria. In 1906, he transferred to the federal House of Representatives. He was Postmaster-General of Australia in the Cook Government from 1913 to 1914, but retired from federal politics at the 1914 election. He re-entered Victorian politics and briefly served as Attorney-General of Victoria (1917–1918).

Thomas Howard Fellows was an English rower and an Australian politician and Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Bill Slater (politician) Australian politician

William Slater was an Australian lawyer, politician and diplomat.

The Solicitor-General of Victoria, Australia is the state's Second Law Officer, behind the Attorney-General. The holders of this office are appointed by Cabinet on the basis of their legal expertise. Solicitors-General are members of the Executive. Formerly, they were elected members of parliament, but have not been so since the early/mid twentieth century.

Sir Archibald Michie, was an English-born Australian lawyer, journalist, Agent-General, Attorney-General of Victoria and politician.

James Stewart Johnston was a Scottish-Australian businessman, newspaper owner and politician, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council November 1851 to December 1852 and the Victorian Legislative Assembly, October 1859 to August 1864.

Henry Miller (Australian politician) Australian politician

Henry Miller was an Australian banker and politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Council.

Sir John Herman (Henry) Lienhop was an Australian politician and grazier. He was the member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Bendigo Province from June 1937 to February 1951.

George Harker was a businessman and politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

Lauchlan Mackinnon was a pastoralist, politician and newspaper proprietor in colonial Australia. Mackinnon one of the most enterprising of the pioneer colonists of Victoria (Australia) and one of the proprietors of the Melbourne Argus from 1852 until his death.

Donald James Mackinnon was an English-born Australian politician.

Esmond Laurence Kiernan was an Australian politician.

James Curdie MacKinnon was an Australian first-class cricketer.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Serle, Geoffrey. "Mackinnon, Donald (1859–1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Melbourne University Press. ISSN   1833-7538 via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. "Donald Mackinnon". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

 

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Frederick Gray
Member for Prahran
19001920
Succeeded by
Alexander Parker
Political offices
Preceded by
William Evans
Attorney-General of Victoria &
Solicitor-General of Victoria

1913 - 1915
Succeeded by
Harry Lawson