February 1

Sir John Fuller 1917 -2009

Sir John Bryan Munro Fuller (1917- ), pastoralist and parliamentarian, was born at Mosman, son of Bryan and Isabel Fuller. He was educated at Knox Grammar, Wahroonga, and worked in rural New South Wales and Queensland  before acquiring and settling on a property at Coolah, NSW.

Sir John  was a councillor of Coolah Shire (1955-1965) and was elected to the NSW Legislative Council (1961-1978). A member of the NSW Country Party, he was involved in the NSW Graziers' Association and was a delegate on a number of overseas trade missions. He was appointed Minister for Decentralisation and Development (1965-1973), Minister for Planning and Environment (1973-1976) and was Leader of the Opposition (1976-1978).

Sir John was knighted in 1974 and after retiring from politics continued his active involvement in charities and organisations. He was a strong supporter of the role of the Australian Crown in our constitutional system.

He was a patron of the Australian Monarchist League, and a supporter of Australians for Constiutional Monarchy.

The Monarchist League chairman, Philip Benwell, says Sir John will be greatly missed.

"He was of the old school. He was wise kind and gentle and always with a twinkle in his eye,"Mr. Benwell told the ABC.

"He went through years of chemotherapy but never lost that twinkle in his eye or his gentle manner.

"He was really what you'd call a lovely person."


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