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The Nelson Meers floor in the State Library commemorates Nelson Meers who was Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1978 to 1980.

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

Elected in 1974 as an Alderman of the City of Sydney, Meers served in successive years as Chairman of Properties, Chairman of Works and Deputy Lord Mayor. Prior to his own term as Lord Mayor (which began upon the sudden death of incumbent Leo Port), Meers established an extensive commercial and defamation practice as a partner of two leading international law firms. Meers is also a past President of the Civic Reform Association. He stepped down from the mayoralty in 1980; Doug Sutherland succeeded him.

In 2001 Meers, to formalise his personal tradition of philanthropic giving, founded the Nelson Meers Foundation.The Nelson Meers Foundation was the first ‘Prescribed Private Fund’ to commence operation in Australia. Four years later, the Foundation won the Goldman Sachs JBWere Artsupport Australia Philanthropy Leadership Award.



Address:Macquarie Street , Nelson Meers Floor, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.866275
Long: 151.213533
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:January-2003
Front Inscription

                NELSON MEERS FLOOR
This floor is named in honour of Nelson Meers,
Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1978 to 1980 and a
long-standing member of Sydney`s legal profession.

In 2001, Nelson Meers founded the Nelson Meers
Foundation in order to continue his background
in civic service and to provide new opportunities
for Australia`s cultural organisations.  Nelson Meers
believes that where the arts and learning flourish,
so does an enlightened and tolerant democracy.
May the example of the Nelson Meers Foundation
encourage other philanthropic giving in Australia.

                       January 2003


Source: MA
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