The Hon. Finlay Melrose MACDIARMID, OBE (1925 - 2003)**

  • Date of Birth: 09/05/1925
  • Place of Birth: Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 18/04/2003
  • Place of Death: Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council17 Aug 197322 Feb 198814yr(s) 6mth(s) 6day(s)
48th (1984 - 1988)
A member before reconstitution. A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 17 August 1973. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. E.G Wright, resigned.

Political Party Activity

National Party. Member and Chairman Queanbeyan/Canberra branch. Independent.

Community Activity

President Graziers Association 1968 - 1972. Vice President and Treasurer Australian Woolgrowers and Graziers Council. Former Director Australian Wool Board/Corporation; International Wool Secretariat; Rural Press Group; Australian Pastoral Research Trust; State Pollution Control Commission.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Grazier and stud cattle breeder. Father started the Burra Hereford stud in 1929. Educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). Commenced veterinary studies at University of Sydney however, did not graduate. Won a blue for Rugby, also played for combined Sydney and was a reserve for the new South Wales team. Took over the Burra stud and moved it to Holbrook. Recreational interests include rugby, cricket and horse racing. Regular attender of Royal Easter Show and was a respected Hereford judge.

Military Service

Royal Australian Air Force 1945-1946.

Honours Received

Awarded an Order of British Empire (OBE) in 1976 for services to primary industry.


Married and had issue, 1 son and 3 daughters. Divorced on 22 July 1977.

Additional Information

Grazier and stud cattle breeder. interests include cricket, Rugby and horse-racing.