Eric Neal

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The Honourable
Sir Eric Neal
32nd Governor of South Australia
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Dean Brown (1996)
John Olsen (1996-2001)
Preceded by Dame Roma Mitchell
Succeeded by Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
Chief Commissioner of Sydney
In office
Preceded by Doug Sutherland
as Lord Mayor
Succeeded by Jeremy Bingham
as Lord Mayor
Personal details
Born (1924-06-24) 24 June 1924 (age 90)
Nationality Australian

Sir Eric James Neal AC CVO FTSE HonFAIB (born 3 June 1924) was the Governor of South Australia 1996-2001, Commissioner of Sydney from 1987 to 1988, and until the start of 2010, the Chancellor of Flinders University.

He trained as an engineer at the South Australian School of Mines (now part of the University of South Australia), and became a successful businessman. The peak of his career was fourteen years as CEO of Boral. He was also a Director of John Fairfax Holdings, BHP, Coca-Cola Amatil and AMP Limited and Chairperson of Westpac.

He was appointed Governor of South Australia in 1996, being the first person from the business community to take up residence in Government House in Adelaide.


  • He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors[1]
  • On 17 April 2007, Sir Eric Neal accepted the offer of the Adelaide University Soccer Club Blacks invitation to become the club's patron.
OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 1988[4]
Knight-Bachelor.ribbon.png Knight Bachelor 1982[5]
Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) 1992[6]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal (2001)[7]


  1. ^ Australian Institute of Company Directors
  2. ^ AIB Honorary Fellows, Australian Institute of Building
  3. ^ Veterans SA
  4. ^ It's an Honour - Companion of the Order of Australia
  5. ^ It's an Honour - Knight Bachelor
  6. ^ It's an Honour - Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  7. ^ It's an Honour - Centenary Medal

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Government offices
Preceded by
Dame Roma Mitchell
Governor of South Australia
Succeeded by
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson