Snowball, Oswald Robinson

Born 18 July 1859 (Durham)
Died 16 March 1928. (East Melbourne Brighton cemetery)
Parents: Joseph Robinson, miller and manufacturer, and Sarah Fitzgerald
Marriage: 1888 Ellen Grace Anketell; 3s. 1d.
Occupation: Solicitor
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Carlton College, Melbourne University

Career: Arrived Aust 1868; three years on the land; qualified solicitor, admitted to practice 1883, partner Briggs & Snowball to 1895, then Snowball & Kaufmann; grandmaster Orange Lodge 23 years; president Brighton Technical School Cl.

Party: Liberal; Nationalist
Party Note: Not endorsed 1924 after voting against redistribution bill, rejoined Nats

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABrightonOctober 1909(b/e)March 1928 

Inaugural speech

Appointments: Speaker July 1927-Mar 1928. Consolidation of Laws committee 1914-1915. Royal commission Fruit, Vegetables and Jam 1915, Fisheries 1918-1919, Outer Ports 1923-1928 (chairman).


References: Who's Who in Australia 1927; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 4 July 1928, 40-5; Melbourne Punch 28 July 1927; Argus 17 Mar 1928; Bate, W., 'A History of Brighton', Melbourne, 1962; Vines, M., 'Instability in Governments and Parties: Victoria in the 1920s', MA thesis, Melbourne University, 1975; Australian Dictionary of Biography 12.
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.