John Langdon Bonython (1905–1992)

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This article is about John Langdon Bonython (1905−1992)
His father was named Sir John Lavington Bonython (1875−1960)
His grandfather was named Sir John Langdon Bonython (1848−1939)

John Langdon Bonython AO (13 January 1905 – 1992), was a prominent Adelaide businessman.


Bonython was born into the "Old Adelaide Family" Bonython. His grandfather was John Langdon Bonython.[1] His father was John Lavington Bonython.[2] His mother was Blanche Ada Bray. He had two sisters, two half-brothers (Warren Bonython and Kym Bonython), and one half-sister.

He married Minnie Hope Rutherford in 1926 and they had three children.[3]


John Langdon Bonython was born on 13 January 1905 in Adelaide, SA, Australia.[4][5]

He studied at the University of Adelaide, and became a solicitor in 1930.[4][5]

Chaired Advertiser Newspapers Ltd.[6]

On 18 March 1954, he became the founding Chairman of the first board of directors of Santos Limited.[7]

In 1982 a deep water port facility at Stony Point 20 km north of Whyalla was connected to the Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System, a 659 km pipeline from Moomba in the Cooper Basin; this facility was named Port Bonython in his honour.[3][7]


On 9 June 1980 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, "in recognition of service to media and to industry".[8]

In 1986, the suburb of Bonython in Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory was gazetted in his honour.[9]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ W. B. Pitcher, Bonython, Sir John Langdon (1848 - 1939), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 339-341.
  2. ^ W. B. Pitcher, Bonython, Sir John Lavington (1875 - 1960), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 341-342.
  3. ^ a b John Bonython AO (b. 1905) of Santos Oil,
  4. ^ a b Richard Carruthers, "Family tree, Richard Carruthers", 1986.
  5. ^ a b "John Langdon Bonython". Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. ,
  6. ^ "The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History" by Wilfrid R. Prest, Kerrie Round, Carol S. Fort, Wakefield Press, 2001, pg.79. ISBN 1-86254-558-8, ISBN 978-1-86254-558-8, 688 pages
  7. ^ a b Historical highlights Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.,
  8. ^ It's an Honour
  9. ^ Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 6. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.