Obituaries

John Murray: John Murray (Vice Captain Class of 65), Randwick Rugby stalwart and Bondi dentist. John passed away while on a trip to Bali. The Randwick Rugby Club has more details on his contribution to sport and the community here.

Ian Thiering: The SHSOBU was recently informed of the passing of former High prefect from the Class of 1949, Ian Thiering. Ian married Jeannette, school captain of Sydney Girls High in 1949 and together they taught in a number of schools in NSW, including Norfolk Island. Ian’s brother, Barry, was captain of High in 1947.

Lindsay Moore (obituary contributed by Graeme Mann, friends from age of 8 and fellow student of Sydney Boys High School) 19 November 1941 – 17 March 2016.

Sydney Boys’ High School Class of ’59

The life of LINDSAY JOHN MOORE late of Condobolin and formerly of West Wyalong who died on 17 March, 2016 was recalled and celebrated at Lions Park, Orange Road, Parkes on Easter Monday at 1.00pm.

In attendance were a great number of his family, friends and colleagues.

Lindsay Moore attended Sydney Boys’ High School class of ’59.

After leaving Sydney High he worked for some time in a laboratory, where he concluded that chemistry was not for him.

A family friend, Mr Ron Walker, who was then the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court suggested Lindsay try law. He did.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Law from Sydney University and was admitted in 1966 as a solicitor of the Supreme Court.

After a short time in the Blue Mountains, he then moved to West Wyalong as a result of family associations in that region and then to Condobolin. For a country solicitor, he had a remarkable and singular career.

Normally, a country solicitor works in Conveyancing, Probate, Wills and general Court work. He had that and far more. The additional work was Mining Law and Equity and Trusts and then defending successfully a heresy trial in New South Wales.

Mining was certainly part of the history of West Wyalong. Lindsay regularly appeared in the Mining Warden’s Court. It should be noted here that the Mining Warden’s Court had a greater jurisdiction than our High Court. Lindsay appeared against Senior Counsel and acted for major corporations. His Partner, Pat O’Kane, reliably and formally advised that he never lost a case in the Mining Warden’s Court.

Equity and Trusts are an arcane area of the law.

Lindsay was heavily involved in the Presbyterian Church. At the time of the split of the church, he became a Law Agent for all Australia for 13 years, 1977 until 1990. This involved determining difficult trust issues and equity issues arising as a result of the split and where the property of the old church was to go, split between the two new churches.

In this he was arguing with Supreme Court Judges and Senior Counsel on these very difficult and charitable issues, but he held his own and his knowledge was respected.

All that work over those many years was pro bono, much to the chagrin of his Partner. Lindsay would spend up to a week every month away.

As to the heresy trial, Dr Peter Cameron of St Andrew’s College was charged with heresy. Lindsay successfully defended him on appeal and this was no small achievement.

Lindsay also found time to serve his community. He served as Deputy Shire President of the Bland Shire Council for several years. He was very active in the Lion’s Club.

Lindsay and Louise were also active members of the Riverina Law Society.

The Law Society of New South Wales, noting his distinguished service to the law and society, made him a life member in 2015. Lindsay had a distinguished legal career.

He served the law humbly and with great distinction.

Geoff Ball was an outstanding teacher and much loved by his former students. He was also the coach of the 1963 GPS Premiership winning 1st XV. He was invited to, and attended, numerous reunions over the
years. Funeral Location: Macquarie Park Crematorium, Palm Chapel, corner Delhi and Plessey Rds, North Ryde at 10.15am on Wednesday 15th June 2016.

Mrs Bess Braithwaite, secretary to a number of Headmasters from 1961 – 1980 passed away on 19 May at the age of 94.