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The Honourable
Paddy Glynn
Patrick Glynn1.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for South Australia
In office
30 March 1901 – 16 December 1903
Serving with Lee Batchelor, Langdon Bonython, Frederick Holder, Charles Kingston, Alexander Poynton, Vaiben Louis Solomon
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Division abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Angas
In office
16 December 1903 – 13 December 1919
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Moses Gabb
Personal details
Born (1855-08-25)25 August 1855
Gort, Ireland
Died 28 October 1931(1931-10-28) (aged 76)
North Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Free Trade (1901–06)
Anti-Socialist (1906–09)
Liberal (1909–17)
Nationalist (1917–19)
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Barrister
Religion Christianity

Patrick (Paddy) McMahon Glynn KC (25 August 1855 – 28 October 1931) was an Attorney-General of Australia and Minister for External Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Glynn was born in Gort, County Galway, Ireland and educated at the French College, Blackrock and Trinity College, Dublin. Glynn graduated with a BA and LLB, and was the medallist for Oratory at the Law Students Debating Society of Ireland in 1880. The same year saw Glynn immigrate to Australia.

Political career[edit]

Glynn was admitted to the Victorian bar. His time in Victoria was not a success and in 1882 he moved to Kapunda, South Australia to open a branch of an Adelaide-based law firm. His success in Kapunda allowed him to open his own law firm in Adelaide and involve himself in the political sphere. He also edited for some time the Kapunda Herald.

Glynn served as president of the South Australian branch of the Irish National League and helped found the South Australian Land Nationalisation Society. His community profile assisted him in his election to the South Australian House of Assembly as the member for Light in 1887. As an advocate of free trade, Glynn was considered a conservative but his support of progressive issues like female suffrage and land nationalisation isolated him from his conservative colleagues.

Glynn was defeated at the 1890 election and stood unsuccessfully for Light again at the 1893 election but returned to South Australian colonial politics in 1895 as the member for North Adelaide and in his re-election in 1897, became the first person to be elected in Australia under adult suffrage.

Glynn was a member of the Convention that framed the Australian Commonwealth constitution in 1897–98, contributing a reference to God in the preamble to the Australian Constitution, and helped found the Free Trade Party, one of the major parties in early twentieth-century Australian politics. In the lead up to the inaugural federal election, Glynn acted as the informal deputy leader of the Free Trade Party and managed the Free Trade election campaigns in South Australia and Western Australia, while Free Trade leader George Reid oversaw the rest of Australia.[1] As a result, Glynn was not only comfortably elected to parliament as a member for South Australia but, together with Reid, he is said to have "created Australia's first national political campaign."

At the 1903 election, Glynn was returned unopposed as the member for Angas and was unopposed in 1910, 1913 and 1914 before losing his seat at the 1919 election. While in parliament, Glynn served variously as Attorney-General, Minister for External Affairs and Minister for Home and Territories.

Later life[edit]

Glynn retired from politics in 1919, and died at North Adelaide in 1931. He married Abigail Dynon, who predeceased him, and was survived by two sons and four daughters. He was a fine Shakespearian scholar; several of his literary papers were published, as were also various legal and political pamphlets.


  1. ^ McGinn, W. (1989) George Reid, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
Political offices
Preceded by
Billy Hughes
Succeeded by
Billy Hughes
Preceded by
Josiah Thomas
Minister for External Affairs
Succeeded by
John Arthur
Preceded by
Fred Bamford
Minister for Home and Territories
Succeeded by
Alexander Poynton
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for South Australia
Served alongside: Batchelor, Bonython,
Holder, Kingston, Poynton, Solomon
Divided into single-
member divisions
New division Member for Angas
Succeeded by
Moses Gabb

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12 news items

ABC Local
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:03:21 -0800

Young Paddy Glynn showed everyone why he should have been picked for the A-grade side by hitting a chanceless 90 not out. Whilst we tried to change our approach a few times, the South Gambier batsmen were just too good and made us pay for any poor ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:36:31 -0700

Right at the back of the Barbican's Pit theatre, a glowing green fluorescent table seems to magically float in the velvety purple darkness. Downstage, three actors – two male, one female – sit in the eerie reflected glow, twitching, gurning, flailing ...

Swindon Advertiser

Swindon Advertiser
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:37:01 -0800

Paddy Glynn played the title role of Dick Whittington in Swindon in 1973 under the direction of Donald Bodley, who had also written and devised the production. “I love panto – I really miss panto,” said Paddy, who had just finished a run of Camera ...

Evening Echo Cork

Evening Echo Cork
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:00:00 -0800

“We would like to thank companies like Irish Rail, Ballymaloe Foods, Flemings Restaurant, SoHo, the Trident Hotel, Mint Restaurant, Paddy Glynn and Coleman Mulcahy for their sponsorship of our spot prizes, which went down very well with the racers at ...
Camden New Journal newspapers website
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:01:09 -0800

In a fabulous one-woman performance, Paddy Glynn brings the Red Princess to life, reminiscing about her life as she potters around her kitchen preparing her famous borscht and fresh-baked bread for the audience. And her act is timed to perfection – the ...
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 23:00:51 -0800

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Fri, 03 May 2013 06:11:16 -0700

The cast is led by Mark Carroll as Geoffrey Fisher, Ricky Butt as Alice Fisher, Paddy Glynn as Gran, Mark Turnbull as Councillor Duxbury and Katerina Stearman as Liz, with Keith Ramsay as Billy. The cast also includes Michael Adams, Rosie Clarkson ...

The Independent

The Independent
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 02:58:00 -0700

... coltish charm by Keith Ramsey, first seen dreaming in pyjamas in a stand-up bed before facing the kitchen table reality of mum, dad and grandma – all brilliantly cast and very well played (and sung) here by Ricky Butt, Mark Carroll and Paddy Glynn.

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