The Right Honourable Ian Sinclair AC

Mr Sinclair was FRRR's inaugural Chairman, serving from inception to 30 June 2019 and following his retirement, was appointed as a Patron of FRRR.

Born in Sydney and educated firstly at Knox Grammar School and then at Sydney University (BA, LLB), Mr Sinclair was admitted to the Bar in 1952.

From 1953 to 2001 Mr Sinclair bred cattle and sheep at “Glenclair”, Bendemeer NSW and now fattens cattle on Dumaresq Island on NSW’s mid-north coast.

In 1961 Mr Sinclair was elected to the NSW Legislative Council. In 1963 he then moved to Federal Parliament as the Federal Member for New England in the House of Representatives in 1963. 

Mr Sinclair served as Leader or Deputy Leader of the National Party for nearly 19 years, and held a number of senior portfolios including Social Services, Primary Industry, Shipping and Transport, Communications, Defence and Leader of the House. 

He also held the honoured position of Speaker of the House, retiring as Speaker in 1998.  

At the time of his retirement, he was also President of Scouts Australia (NSW) and Patron of a number of charitable and philanthropic bodies.

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