Patrick James Thomas Kinchington was born on 24 August 1887 in Roma, Queensland, son of Patrick Kinchington and Ellen Scanlan. He married Lucy Celestine Kennedy (1894-1987) in Sydney on 12 October 1927 and they had 3 sons & 3 daughters. Patrick James Thomas Kinchington died on 9 February 1944 in Rosebery, NSW, aged 57 years and he was buried in the Catholic Section of Botany Cemetery. He left no Will, however, an administration of his estate and assets were assessed at £938. He lived at 114 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery.
Patrick Kinchington was welfare officer of the City of Sydney sub-branch of the RSL for 22 years. He was one of the first members of the AIF to be awarded the Military Medal in World War 1 for distinguished conduct and bravery at Fleurbaix in July, 1916. With two younger brothers, he served with the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion on Gallipoli and in France. He was secretary of St Mary’s Cathedral Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Local government service
Patrick Kinchington was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1940-41. Three Waterloo Council aldermen were sacked in 1940: John Neilson, George Cohen and Ernest Navin. A by-election was held in May 1940. Richard B Chew, Harry V Currie and James P Kinchington were elected in their place. Ms Mary V Neilson, wife of one of the sacked aldermen, was also a candidate; she later became Waterloo mayor.
‘Waterloo By-election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1940, p. 11, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17674924
‘Obituary’, Catholic Weekly, 9 March 1944 p. 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/146494968