Nelson Meers

Nelson Meers

Nelson John Meers
77th Lord Mayor of Sydney
In office
Preceded by Leo Port
Succeeded by Doug Sutherland
Personal details
Born 1938
Nationality Australian

Nelson John Meers AO (born 1938) was Lord Mayor of Sydney between 1978 and 1980.[1] He holds a degree in law from the University of Sydney.[2]

Prior to his term as Lord Mayor, Meers established an extensive commercial and defamation practice as a partner of two leading international law firms. In 1974, Meers was elected as an Alderman of the City of Sydney and served in successive years as Chairman of Properties, Chairman of Works and Deputy Lord Mayor. Meers is also a past President of the Civic Reform Association which, until recently, was the governing authority of the Council of the City of Sydney.[3]

Following a successful career in business after his Lord Mayoralty, and in order to formalise his personal tradition of philanthropic giving, in 2001 Mr Meers founded the Nelson Meers Foundation.[4] The Nelson Meers Foundation was the first ‘Prescribed Private Fund’ to commence operation in Australia.[4] In 2005, the Foundation won the Goldman Sachs JBWere Artsupport Australia Philanthropy Leadership Award.[5]

Meers is married with four children and five grandchildren and lives in Sydney. His daughter Samantha Meers is the executive director of the Nelson Meers Foundation.[6]


Preceded by
Leo Port
Lord Mayor of Sydney
Succeeded by
Doug Sutherland

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