John Jennings (Australian politician)


John Jennings
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for South Sydney
In office
19 December 1931 – 15 September 1934
Preceded byEdward Riley
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Watson
In office
15 September 1934 – 21 September 1940
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byMax Falstein
Personal details
Born(1878-12-19)19 December 1878
Melbourne, Victoria
Died20 December 1968(1968-12-20) (aged 90)
Political partyUnited Australia Party
AwardsMember of the Order of the British Empire
Military service
Branch/serviceVictorian Mounted Rifles
Years of service1899–1901
Battles/warsSecond Boer War

John Thomas Jennings, MBE (19 December 1878 – 20 December 1968) was an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, he attended state schools before becoming a retailer of dental supplies. He underwent military service from 1899 to 1901 and served in South Africa during the Second Boer War with the Victorian Mounted Rifles. In 1931, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the United Australia Party member for South Sydney in New South Wales. South Sydney was abolished in 1934 and replaced with Watson; Jennings contested Watson and won. He held the seat until 1940, when he was defeated by Labor candidate Max Falstein. Jennings died in 1968.[1]

Between 1928 and 1958 Jennings served as National President of the Australian Dental Trade Association (ADTA), which now trades as the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). He remains that organization's longest serving federal president.

Jennings was the brother of Albert Victor Jennings, founder of the A.V. Jennings building company in Melbourne, Australia, and the uncle of Doug Jennings.


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
Civic offices
Preceded by
John Dunningham
Mayor of Randwick
Succeeded by
Arthur Moverly
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Edward Riley
Member for South Sydney
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Watson
Succeeded by
Max Falstein