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Robert John Lynn

Date: 14 March 1873
Place: Stockton, Hunter River, New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
Arrived in WA 1895
Son of Richard, shipwright and marine surveyor, and Mary McKindley, grandfather of Margaret June Craig
Marriage and Family
Married 13 June 1901, Johnston Memorial Church, Fremantle to Ada Turton (born circa 1875 and died 30 September 1964), daughter of William and Sarah Elizabeth Wilson
Children: two sons and one daughter
Date: 12 September 1928
Place: West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Educated public schools, Stockton and Newcastle (Superior School)
Clerk, salesman, businessperson and manager
Employment History
Began work at 14 years as clerk with Newcastle wholesale firm, became chief salesman
Arrived in WA 1895 where spent one year unsuccessfully prospecting on Coolgardie fields
Moved to Fremantle where became clerk with McIlwraith, McEacharn and Co, junior partner in shipping firm Denny Bros and Lynn, formed business partnership with HE Mofflin
1906 started coastal shipping firm RJ Lynn and Co, involved in this trade for 15 years
1919 amalgamated with Walter Johnson to form Johnson and Lynn Ltd
Bought and operated coal mining leases, 1920 established Amalgamated Collieries of WA which over five years bought virtually all operative leases at Collie
Managing director of six companies including Swan Portland Cement Co, Fremantle Coal Co and WA Underwriters Ltd, director of number of others (local director of Bank of NSW)
Local Government Service
Fremantle City Council 1904–1909
Liberal to 1917 then National
Date Elected
22 May 1912
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC West Province 22 May 1912–21 May 1924
Justice of the Peace, 1910
Municipal Tramways Board Fremantle 1903–1918
Patron of East Fremantle Football Club, 1912–1918. Lynn medal is presented in his honour
Lifelong interest in fishing and boating
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 126.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 11 February 2015.
Further Information
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol. 1, p. 329.
Alan Bonds, 'Lynn, Robert John (1873–1928)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 23 December 2015.
Johnson, LW. "A history of the Collie coal mining industry." University Studies in Western Australian History, 1957, p. 33–36.
West Australian, 16 May 1912, 13 September 1928.