Ken McCaw

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The Honourable
Sir Kenneth McCaw
40th Attorney-General of New South Wales
In office
23 May 1965 – 3 January 1975
Premier Robert Askin
Preceded by Reg Downing
Succeeded by John Maddison
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lane Cove
In office
3 May 1947 – 3 January 1975
Preceded by Henry Woodward
Succeeded by John Dowd
Personal details
Born (1907-10-08)8 October 1907
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Died 13 September 1989(1989-09-13) (aged 81)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Sir Kenneth Malcolm McCaw QC (8 October 1907–13 September 1989), an Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Lane Cove for the Liberal Party of Australia from 1947 until his retirement from political office in 1975. McCaw served as Attorney General of New South Wales from 1965 to 1975.

Early years and background[edit]

McCaw was born in Chatswood, New South Wales. he was the son of a teamster and was educated in country schools. He initially worked as a farm hand but then moved to Sydney, was employed as a clerk and continued to study at night. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1934 and was active in the New South Wales Law Society and community groups in the Lane Cove district.[1]

Political career[edit]

McCaw entered the New South Wales parliament at the 1947 election as the Liberal member for Lane Cove; defeating the sitting Labor member Henry Woodward. He retained the seat at the next nine elections and retired in 1975.

With the election of the coalition government of Robert Askin at the 1965 election, McCaw was appointed Attorney-General. He held this position until his retirement.[1]

During his term in office, he was appointed Queen's Counsel, in 1972.

Career after politics[edit]

On retirement from politics, in January 1975 McCaw was appointed Agent-General for New South Wales in London, and awarded a Knight Bachelor, which does not carry post-nominals.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Sir Kenneth Malcolm McCaw (1907 - 1989)". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  2. ^ "McCaw, Kennenth Malcolm". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 January 1975. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Henry Woodward
Member for Lane Cove
1947 – 1975
Succeeded by
John Dowd
Political offices
Preceded by
Reg Downing
Attorney General of New South Wales
1965 – 1975
Succeeded by
John Maddison
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Davis Hughes
Agent-General for New South Wales
1975 – 1980
Succeeded by
Jack Renshaw