Page 2247 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 17 August 1993

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Tuesday, 17 August 1993


MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Madam Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Dr Hector Kinloch, a member of the First Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, and tenders its profound sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement.

Madam Speaker, I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Mr Collaery and Mr Duby, two former members of the Assembly.

Madam Speaker, Hector Kinloch was a member of the First ACT Legislative Assembly. His contribution in this capacity was significant, particularly for his recognition that with the new Assembly we were creating history. I think Hector realised that we had both the opportunity and the obligation to shape history by making the new Assembly work despite all the early difficulties. In addition to his contribution to the Territory as an elected representative, Dr Kinloch will always be remembered as an avid historian, a committed academic, and a highly spirited film buff. These were his consuming lifetime interests.

Hector was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 1927 to British parents. His family returned to Britain several years later. He spent much of his childhood in a Dr Barnardo's home in Belfast and then in various foster homes in London, Suffolk and Sussex. He was nevertheless a high achiever and in 1945 he graduated with first class honours in history from Christ's College at Cambridge University. Hector then spent three years in the US Army before taking a teaching position at Yale University from 1955 to 1960. During this time he also completed an MA and a PhD in history, becoming a specialist in eighteenth century history, especially of North England and England's North American colonies.

It was in 1960 that Hector moved to Australia and took up a posting as senior lecturer in history at the University of Adelaide until 1964. The following three years he spent as visiting Fulbright professor of US history at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He then returned to Australia, remaining in a position with the ANU until 1988, including a period as a very popular Dean of Students. During this period he also served, though only for comparatively brief stints, at the universities of Hawaii, Swarthmore and Harvard.

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