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James McClelland

1915 – 1999

Jim McClelland (1915 -99) was a lawyer, politician (senator for NSW 1971 -8), judge and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald (1986). He was chairman of the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Weapons Tests in Australia , 'Maralinga',

(1984 -5). McClelland held a number of senior positions including Minister for Labor and Immigration (1975) and Chief Judge of Land and the Environment, NSW Court (1980 -5). He was a great patron of the theatre in Australia and was a founding chair of Company B at Belvoir Street as well as founding chairman of the Sydney Theatre Company. McClelland, known for his flashy appearance, acquired the nickname "Diamond Jim" twenty years after this portrait was painted.

Updated 2018