The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Perkins, Hon. Patrick
Perkins, Hon. Patrick, M.L.A., J. P. second son of Thomas Perkins, a farmer in Tipperary, was born at Cashel on Oct. 14th, 1838. He emigrated to Victoria with his father and brothers, and, after a more than usually varied experience as a miner and storekeeper on the diggings, started breweries in that colony and in Queensland, where he went permanently to reside in 1876. In the same year he was returned to the Legislative Assembly for D'Aubigny, beating the late Mr. Angus Mackay, then editor of the Queenslander, by a large majority. Mr. Perkins was Minister of Lands in the first McIlwraith Ministry from Jan. 1879 to Nov. 1883. At the general election in May 1888 he was returned for Cambooya.