Col Fisher

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Not to be confused with Colin Fisher.

Colin Murray "Col" Fisher, OAM (23 January 1923 – 7 July 2003) was an Australian politician. He was the National Party member for Upper Hunter in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1970 to 1988, and held ministerial positions from 1975 to 1976.

Fisher was born in Leura, the son of dairy farmer Leslie Fisher and his wife Florence Lipscomb. He was educated at Seaham Public School, Sydney Church of England Grammar School and Hawkesbury Agricultural College before running a beef and dairy farm at Jerrys Plains. In 1942 he enlisted in the AIF and served in New Guinea, Borneo and Celebes, rising to the rank of captain. He left the armed forces in 1946. On 6 January 1949, Fisher married Adrienne Goldring, with whom he would have two children.[1]

In 1956, Fisher was elected to Patrick's Plains Shire Council. He served on the council until 1970, when the Country Party member for the state seat of Upper Hunter, Frank O'Keefe, resigned to contest the Australian House of Representatives seat of Paterson. Fisher was selected as the Country candidate for the by-election, and narrowly defeated Labor candidate Roger Nott in a three-cornered contest. In 1975, he was appointed Minister for Local Government; he was transferred to Lands and Forests early in 1976. He lost his position when Labor won power at the 1976 state election. Fisher continued in the shadow ministry until 1986, and retired from politics in 1988.[2]

Fisher died in Singleton in 2003.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "Mr (Col) Colin Murray Fisher". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Green, Antony (2010). "Contests for Upper Hunter". NSW Election Database. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Frank O'Keefe
Member for Upper Hunter
1970–1988
Succeeded by
George Souris