Ald. Harold Birkinshaw was born in 1925 and lived originally at Kensington where he attended our Lady of the Rosary School. The early war years were spent at Sydney Grammar School and in 1942, he enlisted in the R.A.A.F. until discharged in 1946. He was married at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Kensington and has a daughter and a son.
Ald. Birkinshaw had always been interested in the labor movement and in the 1950’s joined the Hyde Park Branch of the Labor Party and for several years served as its vice president. On moving to Lakemba, Ald. Birkinshaw joined the local A.L.P. branch of which he is currently president. Being greatly active in community affairs he sought and gained election as an alderman for North Ward in May, 1978.
Larcombe FA "Change and challenge: a history of the municipality of Canterbury, NSW", Canterbury Municipal Council: Campsie, 1979.