Adrian Cruickshank

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Adrian Cruickshank
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Murrumbidgee
In office
24 March 1984 – 27 March 1999
Preceded byLin Gordon
Succeeded byAdrian Piccoli
Personal details
Adrian John Cruickshank

16 December 1936
Hobart, Tasmania
Died21 May 2010(2010-05-21) (aged 73)
Sydney, New South Wales
Resting placeGriffith City Cemetery
Political partyNational Party

Adrian John Cruickshank (16 December 1936 – 21 May 2010) was an Australian politician and philanthropist.[2] He was the National Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Murrumbidgee from 1984 to 1999.

Cruickshank was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He spent time in southern and eastern Africa as a miner and prospector before returning to Australia to farm.[2] In 1966, he became New South Wales State Chairman of the Young Australian Country Party, holding the position until 1968 when he was appointed to the state council, serving until 1984.[1] He was elected to Carrathool Shire Council in 1970 and remained until 1974.[2] He was chairman of the Rankins Springs branch of the party from 1972 to 1984.[3]

In 1984, Cruickshank was selected as the National candidate for the state seat of Murrumbidgee, which was being vacated by sitting Labor member Lin Gordon. Cruickshank finished third on the primary votes behind Labor candidate Margaret Delves and independent Thomas Marriott, but with Liberal preferences pushed into second place and was elected the victor on Marriott's preferences, with a margin of 51.52%.[4]

Partly due to redistributions which greatly strengthened the National Party in Murrumbidgee, Cruickshank faced no further serious challenges and was re-elected in 1988, 1991, and 1995. He retired in 1999 and was succeeded as National MP for the seat by Adrian Piccoli.[3]

On 21 May 2010, Cruickshank died at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from pneumonia.[2]


  1. ^ a b Everingham, Barry (1 July 2010). "Farmer and politician who went his own way". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Tinker, Emily; Tyson, Ross (24 May 2010). "Former MP remembered". Area News. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Mr Adrian John Cruickshank (1936 - )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  4. ^ Green, Antony (2008). "Murrumbidgee - 1984 election". NSW Election Database. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Lin Gordon
Member for Murrumbidgee
Succeeded by
Adrian Piccoli