Aden Ridgeway was born in Macksville in northern NSW in 1962. He is a proud member of the Gumbayyngirr people. His life has seen him rise from the treadmill of poverty and growing up on an Aboriginal reserve. His early experiences have resulted in strong family traditions and he is the very proud father of two adult sons and a younger daughter.
He attended boarding school at St John’s College, Woodlawn, and left in 1980. He has been a park ranger, court assessor, chief executive officer and federal politician