Sir Raymond William Garrett


President: 1968-1976

Legislative Council: 1958-1976

Image of Sir Raymond William GarrettRaymond Garrett was born at Kew and trained in science and engineering at Royal Melbourne Technical College and the University of Melbourne. In 1926 he graduated from the RAAF Flying School at Point Cook, thus beginning a long association with aviation. He became a commercial air pilot in 1927, was a member of the Citizen Air Force between 1927 and 1937, and in the 1930s was chief pilot of the Larkin Aircraft Company in the Northern Territory. During World War 2 he served in the RAAF.

After the war Garrett went into business, establishing a photographic chemical firm at Doncaster and subsequently becoming chairman of Ilford (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Between 1954 and 1960 he was a Doncaster and Templestowe shire councillor, serving also as its president from 1955 to 1956. In 1958 he was elected to the Legislative Council as the Liberal Country Party member for Southern Province and held the seat until the 1970 redistribution, when he stood for and won the new seat of Templestowe.

Garrett became President in 1968, was knighted in 1973, and retired from the Legislative Council in 1976. He married Vera Halliday Lugton in 1934, and had four children.