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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Thynne, Hon. Andrew Joseph

Thynne, Hon. Andrew Joseph, M.L.C., son of Edward Thynne by his marriage with Miss B. Fitzgerald, was born on Oct. 30th, 1847, in co. Clare, and educated at the Christian Brothers' School at Ennistryman and at the Queen's University, Galway College. He went to Queensland in August 1864. In 1866 he entered for the first Civil Service competitive examination ever held in the colony. He soon relinquished Government employment, and was admitted a solicitor in Dec. 1873. He is Lieut.-Colonel commanding Volunteer Force, Southern Military Division, and was one of the promoters of the Irish volunteer corps. He was called to the Legislative Council in July 1882. Mr. Thynne was appointed Minister of Justice under the McIlwraith Administration on June 13th, 1888, and represented the Government in the Legislative Council. On Mr. Morehead becoming Premier, on Nov. 30th of the same year, Mr. Thynne retained his post, but resigned with his colleagues in August 1890. He was one of the Queensland delegates to the Sydney Federation Convention in 1891. Mr. Thynne, who has twice won the Queen's Prize at Queensland Rifle Association meetings, and on several occasions was Captain of Queensland Rifle teams in intercolonial competitions, was married at Brisbane in 1869 to Miss M. A. Cairncross.