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The Honourable
Paddy Glynn
KC
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGinn, W. (1989) George Reid, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
Political offices
Preceded by
Billy Hughes
Attorney-General
1909–1910
Succeeded by
Billy Hughes
Preceded by
Josiah Thomas
Minister for External Affairs
1913–1914
Succeeded by
John Arthur
Preceded by
Fred Bamford
Minister for Home and Territories
1917–1920
Succeeded by
Alexander Poynton
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for South Australia
1901–1903
Served alongside: Batchelor, Bonython,
Holder, Kingston, Poynton, Solomon
Divided into single-
member divisions
New division Member for Angas
1903–1919
Succeeded by
Moses Gabb

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The Guardian
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Paddy Glynn in Camera Lucida. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/Tristram Kenton. The resulting work, which will be the first time he has employed other performers, uses extraordinary audio archive to raise three figures from the literary mausoleum: Virginia ...
 
Financial Times
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:10:49 -0700

In that library auditorium, in one silver high heel and one NHS orthopaedic sandal, Ida Barr and guests including the utterly dashing Michael Kilgarriff, and charming songbirds Jessica Walker and Paddy Glynn, smashed some “urban street flavours” into ...
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