The Cronin Family

The name “Cronin” is synonymous with community service on the Gold Coast.

John Daniel (“Jack”) Cronin (1919-1999) was appointed City Engineer to the City of the Gold Coast in 1947. At that time the Gold Coast region was largely a fishing village, and Jack was a key participant in much of the infrastructure, waterways, roads and bridges which we take for granted today.

Shortly after their move from Brisbane to the Gold Coast in 1947, Jack and Joan Cronin occupied a house owned by the City on the Gold Coast Highway (opposite the Holiday Inn or “ANA Hotel Site”). Until 1967 the Cronins raised a family on what may be remembered by some as the old Surfers Paradise Police Station (which is now the site of commercial and retail space on the Gold Coast Highway).

Jack was instrumental in the establishment of Aquinas College and was a founding member. He joined the Gold Coast chapter of Rotary in 1949 and remained a member until his death in 1999. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation in 1984, and was awarded an MBE for his service to the community in 1978. Jack was the trustee of Gold Coast Parklands Trust from 1984 to 1997.

Cronin Island, Cronin Avenue (in Main Beach) and the Jack Cronin Park in Southport are each named in his honour. There remains a John Cronin Scholarship at Griffith University which is awarded to the best academic performance of a first year Engineering Student at Griffith.

Jack and Joan Cronin raised seven children on the Gold Coast, and the legal profession has benefited from the years of service provided by their sons, Barry and Brian Cronin (each former partners of Primrose Couper Cronin Rudkin). Brian Cronin became a barrister in 1996 and each of Barry and Brian Cronin have been well regarded members of the legal profession for a period in excess of thirty years.

Derek Cronin

Derek Cronin was first admitted as a solicitor in 1994 following completion of his articles at Primrose Couper Cronin Rudkin. He is a former president of Gold Coast Community Care Inc (a service funded by the Queensland Government which provides home care to the aged) and a former president of the Gold Coast Junior Chamber of Commerce. Derek is an old-boy of The Southport School and is an Alumni representative of the Bond University Alumni.

The firm of Cronin Litigation Lawyers was established in 2006 following Derek's return to his “home”, the Gold Coast, following his appointment as Partner to a boutique law firm in Brisbane which specialised in Commercial Litigation, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy. Cronin Litigation seeks to continue the commitment of the Cronin name to the provision of legal services to the Gold Coast community.