Anthony Saviour Aquilina
Anthony Saviour Aquilina (1950 - 2003)
Anthony (Tony) Aquilina was born in Malta on 1 June, 1950. He graduated with a BA and a DipT and worked as a primary teacher. He was also an electorate officer to a Federal Member of Parliament. A long time resident of Jamisontown, Tony was elected as an Alderman of Penrith City Council in 1983 and was elected Mayor of the City of Penrith in 1991. He was a delegate to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils. Tony was a member of the Australian Labor Party. He was first elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly, first as the member for Mulgoa (1988-1991), and then as the member for St Mary’s (1991-1995) after Mulgoa was abolished. He was forced to resign from parliament in 1995 by the then opposition leader, Bob Carr. His other activities included membership of the Penrith Garden Club, the Penrith Amateur Swimming Club, the Nepean Arts Society, and he was a member of the directorate of the Henry Lawson Club. He was also the chairman of the Education Committee, secretary of the Ethnic Affairs Taskforce, chairman of the Police and Emergency Services Committee, secretary of Consumer Affairs and Seniors’ Portfolio Committees and a member of the Opposition Leader’s Portfolio Committee. His recreational interests included tennis, soccer, rugby league and bushwalking. He was married to Joanne and they had 2 two sons. He died on 18 September 2003 in Sydney, after a long illness.