Mitchell, Thomas Walter

Born 11 November 1906 (Towong Hill, Corryong, Victoria)
Died 4 February 1984. (Melbourne Buried Towong Hill)
Parents: Walter Edward, grazier and Winifred Hatton Dibbs, niece of New South Wales premier Sir George Dibbs.
Marriage: 4 Nov 1935 (Sibyl) Elyne Keith Chauvel, author and d. of General Sir Harry Chauvel; 2s. 2d.
Occupation: Barrister and grazier
Religion: Church of England
Education: Cranbrook School, Sydney, Cambridge University, MA.

Career: Cambridge Lacrosse Blue; barrister inner Temple (London); called to New South Wales Bar 1931; grazier on 4000-acre family Towong Hill station, Corryong, cattle, sheep and horse stud; founded Aust. National Ski Fed. 1932, captain Aust. skiing teams, gold medal winner Aust., England, New Zealand; Visited Austria 1932, 1938-1939, Russia and Far East 1934, Chile 1938; did course in international relations, Harvard, USA, 1938; Australian Imperial Force 1940-1945, 2/22 battalion and Headquarters 8th Division, captain, POW Changi 1942-1945; Boy Scout district commissioner over 30 years; president Corryong Agric. Society; member Upper Murrary Regional committee 1946; president and life member Youth Hostels Association; qualified pilot; active in local historical societies; CMG 1976. Upper Murray shire councillor 1935-1958, president 1937-1938, 1946-1947

Party: Country Party

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABenambra7 June 1947(b/e)19 March 1976 

Other seats contested: Contested Benambra as United Australia Party 1937, 1940
Appointments: Attorney-General June 1950-Oct 1952, Oct-Dec 1952, Solicitor-General June 1950-Dec 1951. Standing Orders committee 1947-1955. Statute Law Revision committee 1950-1958. House committee 1967-1973. Library committee 1970-1976. Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Naturopathy committee 1973-1976. Public Servants Ethical Conduct committee 1974-1976.
Publications: Author of Ski Heil first Aust. skiing textbook 1937; worked on Vol. Ill of Official War History 1946-1947; author of Corryong and the 'Man from Snowy River' District 1981.
References: Who's Who in Australia 1947-1983; People 12 Sept 1951; SNP 9 Dec 1966, 21 June 1975; Border Morning Mail 21 May 1975, 7 Feb 1984; Age 10 Feb 1984; Mitchell, E., 'Chauvel Country: The Story of a Great Australia Pioneering Family', South Melbourne, 1983.
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.