Graham MacKinnon

Graham Charles MacKinnon CMG ED (10 December 1916 – 27 June 1992) was an Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1956 to 1986. He served as a minister in the governments of David Brand and Charles Court.


Graham MacKinnon

Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1956 – 21 May 1965
Preceded byLes Craig
Succeeded byVic Ferry
ConstituencySouth-West Province
In office
22 May 1965 – 21 May 1974
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byIan Pratt
ConstituencyLower West Province
In office
22 May 1974 – 21 May 1986
Preceded byFrancis Willmott
Succeeded byDoug Wenn
ConstituencySouth-West Province
Personal details
Born(1916-12-10)10 December 1916
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
Died27 June 1992(1992-06-27) (aged 75)
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

MacKinnon was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia, to Rhoda Myrtle (née Moyes) and Charles Archibald MacKinnon. He attended Bunbury Senior High School, and subsequently worked as a clerk and shop assistant.[1] MacKinnon enlisted in the Australian Army in 1940, and during the war served with the 2/4th Machine Gun in Malaya and Singapore, reaching the rank of lieutenant.[2] He was a Japanese prisoner of war for three years after the Fall of Singapore. After the war's end, MacKinnon moved to Bunbury, where he owned a caravan manufacturer and later managed a sewing machine company. He was also president of the local branch of the Returned Services League (RSL).[1]

PoliticsEdit

At the 1956 Legislative Council elections, MacKinnon was elected to the two-member South-West Province, replacing the retiring Les Craig. He was made deputy chairman of committees in 1958, and served in that position until 1965. At the 1965 state election, MacKinnon transferred to the new Lower West Province. He made an honorary minister after the election, and a few months later was given a substantive position in the ministry, becoming Minister for Health and Minister for Fisheries and Fauna. He was also made Minister for Environmental Protection (a new title) in December 1970, and held those positions until the Brand government's defeat at the 1971 election. MacKinnon returned to the ministry just three years later, appointed Minister for Education, Minister for Cultural Affairs, and Minister for Recreation in the new Court government.[1]

Following a reshuffle after the 1977 election, MacKinnon was made Minister for Conservation and the Environment, Minister for Fisheries and Wildlife, and Minister for Tourism. Another reshuffle occurred in August 1978, and his titles thereafter were Minister for Works, Minister for Water Supplies, and Minister for Tourism, which he held until leaving the ministry at the 1980 election. MacKinnon left parliament at the 1986 election, having returned to his original constituency (South-West Province) in 1974.[1] In June 1980, he had been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG), for "political and public service".[3] MacKinnon died in Perth in June 1992, aged 75. He had married Mary Theresa Shaw in 1940, with whom he had two sons. One of his nephews, Barry MacKinnon, was also a Liberal Party MP, and the two served together in parliament from 1977 to 1986.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Graham Charles MacKinnon – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ MACKINNON, GRAHAM CHARLES, WW2 Nominal Roll. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 48212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1980. p. 4.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ross Hutchinson
Minister for Health
1965–1971
Succeeded by
Ron Davies
Preceded by
Ross Hutchinson
Peter Jones
Minister for Fisheries and Fauna/
Minister for Fisheries and Wildlife

1965–1971
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Ron Davies
Ray O'Connor
Preceded by
None (new title)
Peter Jones
Minister for Environmental Protection/
Minister for Conservation and the Environment

1970–1971
1977–1978
Succeeded by
John Tonkin
Ray O'Connor
Preceded by
Jerry Dolan
Minister for Education
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Peter Jones
Preceded by
John Tonkin
Minister for Cultural Affairs
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Peter Jones
Preceded by
Tom Evans
Minister for Recreation
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Peter Jones
Preceded by
Alan Ridge
Minister for Tourism
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Ray O'Connor
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Minister for Works
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Andrew Mensaros
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Minister for Water Supplies
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Andrew Mensaros