William John Marks Thelning was born 12 June 1905 at Sydney, NSW, the son of John Joseph Thelning and his wife Florence. He married Irene Frances Donnelly (1906-1984) 6 December 1924 at Newtown, and they had three sons and a daughter. Thelning died 14 April 1967, aged 61 years, late of Blair Athol, South Australia, and he was cremated at Rookwood Cemetery. William Thelning lived in Darlington Road, Darlington.
Occupation & interests
William Thelning was a Freemason and a member of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society.
William Thelning was the Honorary Secretary of the Darlington Branch of the Labor Party C1923. He served as a Warrant Officer in the RAAF between 1942 and 1945 in World War 2.
Local government service
William Thelning was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1929-31 and 1934-37. In October 1930, it was reported that ‘Thelning is the youngest alderman in the Commonwealth, having celebrated his 21st birthday just prior to his election’.
‘Darlington’, The Sun, 2 December 1928, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/223253582
The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, 21 October 1930, p. 1, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132084692