The Hon. Hugh MAIN (1883 - 1961)**

  • Date of Birth: 22/08/1883
  • Place of Birth: Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 27/08/1961
  • Place of Death: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly20 Mar 192024 Feb 193817yr(s) 11mth(s) 5day(s)
Member for Cootamundra20 Mar 192017 Feb 19221yr(s) 10mth(s) 29day(s)
25th (1920 - 1922)
Member for Cootamundra25 Mar 192218 Apr 19253yr(s) 25day(s)
26th (1922 - 1925)
Member for Cootamundra20 May 19257 Sep 19272yr(s) 3mth(s) 19day(s)
27th (1925 - 1927)
Member for Temora8 Oct 192718 Sep 19302yr(s) 11mth(s) 11day(s)
28th (1927 - 1930)
Member for Temora25 Oct 193018 May 19321yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)
29th (1930 - 1932)
Member for Temora11 Jun 193212 Apr 19352yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)
30th (1932 - 1935)
Member for Temora11 May 193524 Feb 19382yr(s) 9mth(s) 14day(s)
31st (1935 - 1938)
Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Forests16 May 193217 Jun 19321mth(s) 2day(s)
Minister for Agriculture 18 Jun 19321 Apr 19385yr(s) 9mth(s) 15day(s)

Political Party Activity

Progressive; one of the 'true blues' who refused to enter the coalition in 1921, Country Party in 1925, councillor from 1934, 1956 until 1957.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Farmer and grazier. Educated at Tonbridge, England and St Peter's College in Adelaide; and Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia. Orchardist in Clare, South Australia; established a wheat and wool property in Bethungra in Cootamundra district c.1906. Bred thoroughbred horses. Member of Farmers and Settlers Association' Association; Union and Australia Clubs.

Military Service

Served in Australian Infantry Forces from 1916 until 1919, 17th, 27th and 20th Battalion, France, Sergeant.


Son of Hugh Main, fisherman, and Mary Fullarton Sim. Married Joan Helen Trethgarten at Sydney on 30 January 1923 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Presbyterian. Funeral at Cootamundra cemetery from the Presbyterian church.

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