The family of former Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals Doug Anthony advise with heavy hearts of his passing this morning (Sunday December 20).
Doug died peacefully in the Heritage Lodge aged care facility in Murwillumbah, aged 90.
He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife Margot, his children Dugald, Jane and Larry, their spouses and his nine grandchildren.
Although Doug was privileged to serve the people of Australia in high office, he always considered his family to be his greatest legacy and contribution to the world.
Doug was born in Murwillumbah in December 1929 and served this community throughout his political career and afterwards.
He was very much a man of the Tweed region, and it is fitting that he should depart this life from within the community that he loved so much.
His family is tremendously proud of his legacy. While always very humble, he made a lasting contribution to the nation, and particularly to people in country Australia.
May he rest in peace.
“Sunny Meadows”, Murwillumbah
Vale Doug Anthony
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Doug Anthony on Sunday.
I always felt I was in the presence of a legend when I was with Doug.
He was always easy with a warm smile and interest in how you were going.
The Nationals are 100 years old this year because of people like Doug. He is a role model of mine.
Doug was Australia’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister from 1971-72 and again from 1975-83.
He was the Federal Member for Richmond from 1957 to 1984, a seat held by his father, and his son Larry.
Karen and I extend our thoughts to his wife Margot, children Dugald, Jane and Larry, and their families.
Member for Page, Kevin Hogan