4 April 1902 Born, son of Henry Hynd, Perth, and Ann Hynd JP, Perth.
Educated at St Ninian's Episcopal School, Perth and Caledonian Road School, Perth.
1916-1925 Railway Clerk, District Office, C.M.S.R., Perth
1927 Married Elsie Margaret Doran (one daughter)
1944-1970 Labour MP, Attercliffe Division of Sheffield
1945-1947 Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for Germany and Austria.
1947 Minister of Pensions
1950-1955 Member of General Medical Council
Delegate to Council of Europe and Western European Union.
1958 Grand Cross of Merit with Star (West German Republic)
Chevalier of Legion of Honour (France)
Great Golden Cross of Honour with Star (Austria)
Chairman of Anglo-German Parliamentary Group
Chairman of Anglo-Latin American Parliamentary Group
1966 Published Willy Brandt : A Pictorial Biography
8 November 1971 Died
Section 1: Trade Union Business.
Section 2: Constituency and Labour Party.
Section 3: Germany and Austria.
Section 4: Foreign Affairs (Other than Germany).
Section 5: Speeches and Writings.
Section 6: Correspondence.
Section 7: Personal, Photographs and Miscellaneous.
Probably the most interesting material in the collection is that relating to John Hynd's spell as Minister for Germany and Austria from 1945 to 1947 and his consequent life-long interest in Germany and in promoting good relations between Germany and Great Britain.
As well as chairing the Anglo-German Parliamentary Group, Hynd was Chairman of the Anglo-Latin American Parliamentary Group in the 1960s and there are several files of papers in the collection illustrating this aspect of his career and also his involvement in other aspects of foreign relations.
Having started his career as a railway clerk in his home town of Perth, Hynd kept some of his early writings, talks and other papers on transport and on the Trades Union movement in general. There are also constituency papers from his Parliamentary constituency of Attercliffe in Sheffield throughout the years in which he represented that Division as a Labour Member of Parliament, as well as a few Labour Party papers.
The papers of John Burns Hynd were given to the Churchill Archives Centre in January 1986 by his widow, Mrs Elsie Hynd and his daughter, Mrs Sheila Youngs, through the good offices of Dr Ulrich Reusch of the University of Wurzburg who had been working upon the collection in the family home and suggested Churchill College as the most suitable place to deposit it for permanent safe keeping.