The Hon. Richard Stanley Leigh JONES (1940 - )**

  • Date of Birth: 16/02/1940
  • Place of Birth: Epsom, Surrey, England

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council19 Mar 198828 Feb 200314yr(s) 11mth(s) 10day(s)
50th (1991 - 1995)
52nd (1999 - 2003)
A Member of the directly elected Legislative Council. Dates of Elections 19 March 1988 and 25 March 1995.

Political Party Activity

Australian Democrats. Concern for the destruction of sand dunes at Myall Lakes led him to join the Australia Party in 1971.

Community Activity

Campaigned on environmental, conservation and animal welfare issues for many years. Joined the Myall Lakes Committee in 1971, went to the United Nations Conference on Human Environment in 1972, organised the first public beach clean-up and first anti-pollution march over Sydney Harbour Bridge. First convenor of Friends of the Earth, co-founded Greenpeace in 1977. Organised funding for Project Jonah's Save the Whale campaign. Founded the Fund for Animals in 1981. Went to Newfoundland twice in an attempt to stop baby seal killings. Co-founded Currambena School in 1969.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Publisher. General Manager Hamlyn House Pty Ltd: 1971. Proprietor of Mailex International: 1976-1984. Editor and/or Publisher of Simply Living magazine: 1983-1989. Educated at Downsend School, Epsom College. Collector of Tribal Art, oriental bronzes and Asian antiques. Recreational interests include conservation, goat farming, reading and writing.


Son of Edward Stanley Jones and Marjorie Evelyn Barwick. Migrated from England to Australia in 1965. Married (1) Leah Maria Vissian in 1963 and had issue, 1 son. Divorced in 1975. Married(2) Wendy Grose and had issue, 2 children. Divorced in 1991.

Additional Information

First speech: Jones.PDF Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Richard Jones - papers, 1972 - 1992 (MLMSS 7349); photographs in the PICMAN Database.