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Dunlop Colin Henry

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1949
Place of birth Mataura New Zealand
Principal occupation Local Government
Date of death 2015
Place of decease Mallala South Australia

Colin Henry Dunlop was born on August 28th 1949 in Mataura on the South Island of New Zealand, the youngest child of John and Mollie Dunlop. He had four older siblings, Rata, Joy, John and Robyn. Colin attended Edendale Primary school and then Southland Technical Collage in Invercargill. When he finished school, Colin worked for the Ministry of Works for a while, and then went to Wellington to the Institute of Technology to study for his New Zealand Certificate of Engineering. In 1973 Colin and two friends, Brian and John, went on a working holiday to Australia. They worked in Melbourne, Tasmania and Clare for two years, until in 1975, Colin decided to go to Port Pire to work as a draughtsman for Port Pire Council. This is where he met a beautiful 34 year old Italian woman by the name of Chiarina Mezzino, who also worked for the council as a pay master. They dated for about a year before getting engaged in June 1976, and then married on January 15, 1977. In 1979, Colin moved to Gladstone as CEO of the Council, and after six and a half years, moved to Mallala, where he was CEO of the Mallala Council for 23 years, and pay master for the last four years. Colin and Chiarina were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Jenna in 1987, and in 2010, were thrilled to welcome the arrival of their first grand daughter, Kiara.

Colin had a great knowledge and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Local Government, being involved in that area for more than 40 years. He had the support and respect of his staff, and was involved in many planning projects during his time in Council. Colin was involved in the sub division of Lewiston, playing a major role in assisting with the funding and the planning of this project, and was also heavily involved in the drain study of the Gawler River area. One of his major influences was in the restructuring of council through the Strategic Plan.

In his spare time, Colin loved anything to do with gadgets and computers, and was often found researching something on the web. He enjoyed sports but one of his favourites was lawn bowls. Colin joined the Mallala Bowls Club, enjoying the companionship of his fellow bowlers and having a beer after the match. He held executive positions in the club including president for a year, and more recently, treasurer. Colin died suddenly at home in Mallala on 27th May 2015. A true gentleman, Colin will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


  • Information from the family compiled and published by Louise Michael The Plains Producer.
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