On leaving school, John travelled to the UK to pursue an education in the clothing and textile industry, a family tradition. On his return four years later, the industry was entering a post war boom and John recognised that overseas sourcing was to be the better approach to competition from Japan and China rather than defending protective tariffs. His company, Pacific Dunlop, of which he was CEO, flourished greatly during the latter part of the twentieth century. John also accepted board positions with Amcor, ICI, BHP, CSR and General Motors and was for a time Chairman of the ANZ Bank. He was President of the National Gallery and the Ian Potter Foundation was a major interest of his. Awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1979 for service to business management and to the manufacturing industry, John was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1990 in recognition of his service to industry. John is pictured here with a portrait of him painted by Clifton Pugh – a fellow Gallery of Achievement member.
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