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Former Member Details

The Hon. John Cyril James MATTHEWS (1928 - 2019)

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Date of Birth: 11/02/1928
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 19/08/2019
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 27 Oct 1981 03 May 1991 9 years 6 months 7 days A Member of the directly elected Legislative Council. Date of Election 19 September 1981. Granted retention of title of "Honourable" for life.
Political Party Activity
Liberal Party. State Executive 1973-1981. Country Vice-President 1974-1977. State Treasurer 1979-1981. Trustee of Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Fund 1988 - 1991, Opposition Spokesman for Finance 1984 - 1987.
Community Activity
Foundation member of New South Wales Small Business Development Council. Chairman Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. Member of Central Western Regional Advisory Council 1973 - 1977. New South Wales Bicentennial Committee 1981 - 1989, Small Business Development of New South Wales 1977 - 1980
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Pharmacist; Company Director; Grazier. Educated at Christian Brothers, Rose Bay/ St Stanislaus College, Bathurst and University of Sydney (Ph.C). Masters of Pharmacy, University of Sydney 1947 - 1950. Chairman of Botany Finances Limited, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. Established Clyde Industries Limited, Bathurst 1970 - 1972, Established Devro Pty Limited and Uncle Ben's Pet Foods Bathurst 1969 - 1973, member of Mitchell College of Advanced Education 1972 - 1976, member of New South Wales Pharmacy Guild Australia 1967 - 1980, Member of New South Wales Thoroughbred Racing Board Integrity Assurance Committee since 1977, Fitzroy Monash University Steering Committee on location and distribution of Pharmacy outlets, Member of Royal Sydney Golf Club and Australian Club. Recreational interests include horse racing, swimming, ballet, reading wool and beef production.
Military Service
Honours Received
Hon D.HSt, Charles Sturt University
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of Bathurst City Council 1965 - 1976. Mayor of City of Bathurst 1965 - 1976. Member of Southern Mitchell County Council 1968 - 1977.
Son of Cyril Claude Matthews, rubber technician, and Helen Cummings. Married Dympna Guthrie on 11 April 1955 at Bathurst and had issue, 4 daughters and 2 sons.
Additional Information
Previously pharmacist, company director and grazier.