Tony Bourke was born July 30, 1941 in Brisbane and educated at St. Patrick's Christian Brothers.
He graduated from the University of Queensland as a pharmacist in 1958. He worked in London from 1966-1969 and purchased a pharmacy in Margaret Street Toowoomba in 1970.
Mr Bourke was married in 1970 and has 3 children.
The Business was sold in 1978 while he was in Parliament, where he was the Liberal Party Member for Lockyer from 1976 to 1980.
He worked as a real estate agent for Rogers and Joseph from 1981 and set up his own pharmacy again in 1984 in Bridge Street. This business was closed in 2002.
Tony Bourke was an alderman of Toowoomba City Council from 1982 to 1988 and Mayor 1997 to 2000. Mr Bourke also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Government.