James Balderstone

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Sir James Schofield Balderstone AC (2 May 1921 – 15 October 2014) was a prominent Australian director of public companies.

Balderstone attended Scotch College, Melbourne.[1] After leaving school he served in the Royal Australian Navy during the Second World War from 1940 to 1945. He was serving on HMAS Kanimbla in Sydney Harbour on the night that Japanese midget submarines attacked.[2] After the war he embarked on a career in the rural sector and business.[1]

His directorships and roles included:[1]

He was knighted in 1983 for services to primary industry and commerce,[5] and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1992.[6]

He had an identical twin brother, Robert Balderstone CMG MC (1921-2012), a councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for 41 years and president for six, from 1976.[7]

Sir James Balderstone died on 15 October 2014, aged 93.[8] His final 13 years were marred by the effects of a stroke which hampered his speech.[2]

External links[edit]

  • Jon Condon, "Vale Jim (Sir James) Balderstone". Beef Central


  1. ^ a b c 'OSCA presents portrait', June 2002, Great Scot, scotch.vic.edu.au
  2. ^ a b c Peter Ker, "Big names farewell former BHP chairman Sir James Balderstone". Sydney Morning Herald, 25 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014
  3. ^ Biographical cuttings on Sir James Schofield Balderstone, former chairman of the AMP Society, NLA catalogue
  4. ^ Portrait of Sir James Balderstone, deputy chairman of Westpac, chairman of AMP, NLA catalogue
  5. ^ Knight Bachelor, 31 December 1982, itsanhonour.gov.au.
    Citation: In recognition of service to primary industry and commerce.
  6. ^ Companion of the Order of Australia, 26 January 1992, itsanhonour.gov.au.
    Citation: In recognition of service to primary industry and business and commerce.
  7. ^ Damien Murphy, "Modest hero carried flag for the land". Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2014
  8. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, Tributes and Celebrations. Retrieved 18 October 2014