Dan Mackinnon

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Dan Mackinnon
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wannon
In office
10 December 1949 – 28 April 1951
Preceded by Don McLeod
Succeeded by Don McLeod
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Corangamite
In office
29 August 1953 – 31 October 1966
Preceded by Allan McDonald
Succeeded by Tony Street
Personal details
Born Ewen Daniel Mackinnon
(1903-02-11)11 February 1903
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 7 June 1983(1983-06-07) (aged 80)
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Muriel Jean Russell (m. 1933)
Alma mater Oxford University
Occupation Grazier
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1940–1944
Rank Major
Unit Volunteer Defence Corps

Ewen Daniel "Dan" Mackinnon CBE (11 February 1903 – 7 June 1983) was an Australian politician. The son of state MLA Donald Mackinnon, he was born in Melbourne and educated at Geelong Grammar School and then attended Oxford University. He returned to Australia as a grazier at Linton before becoming a company director and serving in the military 1938–43. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal for Wannon, but he was defeated in 1951. In 1953 he returned to the House as the member for Corangamite, having been elected in the by-election that followed the death of Allan McDonald. In 1966, Mackinnon retired from politics and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).[1][2]

In February 1967, Mackinnon was appointed Ambassador to Argentina; in 1968, while retaining the Argentinian position, he was also appointed Australia's first Ambassador to Peru and Uruguay.[3] He held these positions until 1970.

Mackinnon died in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ Abjorensen, Norman. "Mackinnon, Ewen Daniel (1903–1983)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dual role for diplomat". The Canberra Times. ACT. 11 July 1968. p. 11. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Don McLeod
Member for Wannon
Succeeded by
Don McLeod
Preceded by
Allan McDonald
Member for Corangamite
Succeeded by
Tony Street
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kevin Kelly
Australian Ambassador to Argentina
Succeeded by
Harry Bullock