Guy Arkins

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Guy Arkins
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Senator for New South Wales
In office
26 September 1935 – 22 October 1937
Preceded by Lionel Courtenay
Succeeded by Bill Ashley
Personal details
Born (1888-10-14)14 October 1888
Millthorpe, New South Wales
Died 2 August 1980(1980-08-02) (aged 91)
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1915–17)
Nationalist (1917–31)
UAP (1931–41)
Occupation Builder

James Guy Dalley Arkins (14 October 1888 – 2 August 1980) was an Australian politician.

Born in Millthorpe, New South Wales, he was educated at public schools before becoming a builder. In 1915 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Castlereagh. After the Labor split of 1916 over conscription, Arkins joined the Nationalist Party. While still an MLA, he served in the military from 1916-1919. In 1920 he transferred to the seat of St George, and in 1927 to Rockdale. He contested Waverley in 1932, following the abolition of Rockdale, but was defeated by William Clementson.[1]

On 26 September 1935, Arkins was appointed to the Australian Senate as a member of the United Australia Party (UAP) (successor to the Nationalist Party), filling the vacancy caused by the death of NSW Senator Lionel Courtenay, who had died 11 days after being sworn in. In the 1937 federal election, an election was held for four NSW Senate seats, all of which were won by the Labor Party using the infamous "four A's" strategy, whereby the ALP selected candidates whose names all began with the letter A.

Arkins returned to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, winning Dulwich Hill in 1938 and holding it until 1941. He died in 1980.[1][2] He was the last surviving member of the 1935-1937 Senate.


  1. ^ a b "Mr James Guy Dalley Arkins (1888 - 1980)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
John Treflé
Member for Castlereagh
1915 – 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William Bagnall
Member for St George
1920 – 1927
Served alongside: Bagnall/Cahill, Cann, Gosling, Ley/Bagnall
Succeeded by
Joseph Cahill
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Rockdale
1927 – 1930
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Ness
Member for Dulwich Hill
1938 – 1941
Succeeded by
George Weir