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Arthur Colvin
Born (1884-04-24)24 April 1884
Jamberoo, New South Wales
Died 20 August 1966(1966-08-20)
Potts Point, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
The King's School
University of Sydney
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Occupation Member of New South Wales Legislative Council
soldier, surgeon and physician
Title The Hon. Colonel Arthur Colvin CBE MC MLC
Spouse(s) Edith Jaques née Stack
Children No issue
Parents Rev. Edmund Alexander Colvin and Gertrude Elizabeth Reynolds née Huntley

Colonel Arthur Edmund Colvin CBE MC (24 April 1884 – 20 August 1966) was a member of New South Wales Legislative Council and a soldier, surgeon, and physician.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Colvin was born in Jamberoo, New South Wales and was the son of the Rev. Edmund Alexander Colvin and Gertrude Elizabeth Reynolds née Huntley. He was educated at Auburn public school, Newington College (1897–1898),[2] The King's School (1898–1902)[3] and the University of Sydney. He graduated as a Bachelor of Medicine and Chirurgery in 1908.[4]

Medical career[edit | edit source]

Following graduation, Colvin was appointed as a resident medical officer at Sydney Hospital and as a pathologist in the following year. He then went into general practice in Orange, New South Wales later specialising in ophthalmic surgery. Colvin was honorary surgeon to HRH Prince Albert, Duke of York, during his in 1927 Australian tour and to HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, on his 1934 tour. He was secretary of NSW Western Division of British Medical Association. From 1929 he was a member of the NSW Hospital Commission and served as its vice chairman in 1934. In 1937 he was appointed to the Medical Board of New South Wales and from 1944 until 1966 he served on the board of Sydney Hospital.

Military service[edit | edit source]

During World War I Colvin served with the field ambulance unit and on administrative staff of the Australian Army Medical Corps of the Australian Imperial Force in Egypt, the United Kingdom, and France. He rose to the rank of major and was awarded the Military Cross[5] and mentioned in despatches. During World War II he was assistant director general of Army Medical Services and an adviser on medical and hospital matters to the director general of Manpower and was promoted to colonel.

Local Government service[edit | edit source]

Colvin served as an alderman on Orange City Council from 1921 until 1941 and was mayor from 1923 until 1930 and again in 1935.

Parliamentary service[edit | edit source]

As a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, Colvin served from 1932 until 1934 as a life appointment under the Constitution Act and the writ of summons of 7 September 1932. He became an indirectly elected member of the Council in April 1934 and served for 21 years. On retirement he was granted the retention of the title of The Honourable for life.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Colvin served on the boards of the Far West Children's Health Scheme, Legacy Australia and The Spastic Centre. He was a member of the Orange Agricultural and Pastoral Society and a councillor of Fairbridge Farm Schools.

Honours[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Colonel Arthur Edmund Colvin (1884 - 1966)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/profiles/colvin_arthur-edmund.aspx. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp40
  3. The Kings School, Parramatta, Register 1831–1981 (Syd, 1982) pp75
  4. "Alumni Sidneienses". University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080718184400/http://www.bull.usyd.edu.au/as/. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  5. "Honours and awards (gazetted)". Australian War Memorial. http://www.awm.gov.au/honours/honours/person.asp?p=MC1587. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  6. "It's an Honour". Australian Government. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080718162927/http://itsanhonour.gov.au/. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 

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