James Fairfax, AC

Max Suich, one in a succession of gifted Fairfax editors and executives, has written about James Fairfax: if a word summed him up it was “tolerance”, born of a childhood of parental conflict and a painful adolescence but what emerged were two lives—an adulthood that lived up to his inheritance, taking responsibility for the company; but also a full creative life—a man of taste and leisure and a thousand friendships … these differences perhaps imposed tolerance. However acquired, it was his tolerance that was his gift to the company. Another editor, Michael Davie, saw it as “an unwavering sense of…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles