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Hon JAL (Sandy) Macdonald is a wool and beef producer at Wallabadah near Quirindi. He is a fourth generation Australian Scot. His paternal grandfather, JML Macdonald, came to Australia in 1865 from Arbroath, Scotland. JML Macdonald had 10 brothers and sisters and Sandy and his family have had the chance to visit Arbroath and meet a number of fourth cousins!


His maternal great grandfather, James Richmond, also came to Australia in the 1860’s from Scotland and became a pioneer in the Australian Merino industry.

Sandy was elected to the Australian Senate for NSW between 1993 and 2008. He served as Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, and then Defence. He was admitted to the Executive Council in 2005.

Since leaving Parliament he has been a company director including serving on the Australian Government ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of Defence Housing Australia (DHA) which provides over 16,000 Defence residences for Australian Defence Force members.

DHA plays an important role in the Australian community as a substantial house builder and developer for the purpose of providing quality housing to serving ADF personnel.

Sandy is married to Alice and has three children, a daughter at University of New England doing Primary Education and twin boys in year 12.

Sandy is delighted to be included in this iconic annual Highland gathering held here at Aberdeen, NSW. This is a wonderful community activity that he has long enjoyed. He very much enjoys his Scottish heritage.