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John Sinclair AO (13 July 1939 – 3 February 2019) received the Global 500 Roll of Honour award in 1990,[1] and was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993.[2][3]

John Sinclair
Born(1939-07-13)13 July 1939
Died3 February 2019(2019-02-03) (aged 79)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, Sinclair fought for thirty years to protect Fraser Island, and succeeded in stopping logging of the island's rainforest, and sand mining by multinational corporations.

Sinclair was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for "distinguished service to conservation and the environment, through advocacy and leadership roles with a range of organisations, and to natural resource management and protection".[4]

Sinclair died on 3 February 2019 in the Wesley Hospital in Auchenflower, Brisbane from prostate cancer. He is survived by his partner, four sons and nine grandchildren.[5]


  1. ^ Global 500 Forum: [1] (archived webpage)
  2. ^ Goldman Environmental Prize: John Sinclair Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on 15 November 2007)
  3. ^ John Sinclair Trust for Conservation Official Website
  4. ^ "John Sinclair". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ Moore, Tony (4 February 2019). "The conservationist who stopped mining on Fraser Island dies at 79". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2019.