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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, Attorney-General of South 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 but was defeated a year later at the 1896 election. However, he won the 1897 North Adelaide by-election, serving until 1901. He briefly served as Attorney-General of South Australia in 1899.

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 the single statewide Division of 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 in the Division of 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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15 news items

Impact Magazine
Wed, 27 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

All the actors involved, Ged McKenna (Mick), Paddy Glynn (Maryjohnny), Rhys Dunlop (Mairtin) and Paul Carroll (Thomas), play their parts well and convincingly with successful comic timing and audience engagement. They are charismatic and addictive to ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 26 May 2015 15:22:10 -0700

We are introduced to gravedigger and widower Mick (Ged McKenna) and his elderly, bingo-loving neighbour MaryJohnny (Paddy Glynn), sitting in Mick's ramshackle cottage in front of a roaring fire. There's a bottle of spirits on the mantelpiece, a ...

Platform Online

Platform Online
Thu, 28 May 2015 03:30:00 -0700

Set in western Ireland, A Skull in Connemara opens to a shabby cottage, with dry conversation from a man, Mick (Ged McKenna), and his elderly neighbour, Mary-Johnny (Paddy Glynn). They're drinking a clear spirit, (poteen – an Irish spirit made from ...

ABC Local

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 ...
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 23:00:51 -0800

When Fraser was born he was whisked away, and by the time doctors returned to tell his mother (the actress Paddy Glynn who, coincidentally, plays Fraser's mother in Cast Offs) they had grave news, she was convinced her son had been born dead. "She was ...

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 ...
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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