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Frank Hawkins
Secretary for Lands
In office
3 April 1952 – 15 March 1956
PremierJoseph Cahill
Preceded byJack Renshaw
Succeeded byRoger Nott
Personal details
Born(1897-06-01)1 June 1897
Tenterfield, Colony of New South Wales
Died20 December 1971(1971-12-20) (aged 74)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor

Francis Harold Hawkins (1 June 1897 – 20 December 1971) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Parliament from 1935 until 1968 and held a number of ministerial positions in the Government of New South Wales. He was a member of the Labor Party.

Early life and career

Hawkins was born in Tenterfield and was educated to intermediate level at De La Salle College, Armidale. He worked initially with the Postmaster General's department and then the NSW Department of Railways. He was transferred to Newcastle Railway Station in 1933.[1]

He died in Newcastle in 1971 at the age of 74, and was buried at Sandgate Cemetery following a service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.[1]

Political career

He successfully contested the Legislative Assembly seat of Newcastle as the Lang Labor candidate in the 1935 general election. The previous member, Peter Connolly did not contest the seat after losing his party's pre-selection.

Hawkins held ministerial roles in the New South Wales Labor Governments of premiers; James McGirr, Joseph Cahill, Bob Heffron and Jack Renshaw. He was a minister without portfolio from 1950 until 1952, Secretary for Lands from 1952 until 1956 and Minister for Child Welfare and Social Welfare from 1956 until the defeat of the Renshaw government at the 1 May 1965 general election.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Francis Hawkins (1897–1971)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2019.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly Preceded byPeter Connolly Member for Newcastle 1935 – 1968 Succeeded byArthur Wade Political offices Preceded byJack Renshaw Secretary for Lands 1952 – 1956 Succeeded byRoger Nott Preceded byAbe Landaas Minister for Social Welfare Minister for Child WelfareMinister for Social Welfare 1956 – 1965 Succeeded byArthur Bridges

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