ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay has paid tribute to Justice John Gallop whose funeral service was conducted today at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka.
Justice Gallop AM QC RFD became a judge of the ACT Supreme Court in 1982 and retired in July 2000 on his 70th birthday. He also served as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Mr Ramsay said Justice Gallop made a significant contribution to the Canberra community in more than five decades in public life.
“Justice Gallop was one of the ACT Supreme Court’s longest-serving judges, committed to the law and ensuring that those appearing before him were treated fairly,” Mr Ramsay said.
“His direct nature in the courtroom earned him respect from the entire legal community and he will be remembered for his long and dedicated service to the profession.”
Before being appointed to his first judicial appointment – the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory – in 1978, Justice Gallop spent two years as the president of the ACT Law Society.
In 1998, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the law and the community.
A talented cricketer and long-time president of the ACT Cricket Association, Justice Gallop captained the ACT representative team from 1962 to 1966 and played for the Prime Minister’s XI against South Africa in 1964. In the match he struck the winning runs although, Sir Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister, was not impressed as he desired a tied result.
He was inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame in 2002.
“On behalf of the ACT Government, I offer my condolences to Justice Gallop’s family, his friends and the legal community. Our thoughts are with you at all at this difficult time,” Mr Ramsay said.
“I was honoured today to attend a service to celebrate Justice Gallop’s life and to reflect on his significant achievements, both in the legal sector and wider Canberra community.
“I understand planning is under way for a ceremonial sitting of the ACT Supreme Court to recognise the contribution of Justice Gallop and I look forward to continuing to celebrate his many achievements.”
CricketACT said on its website that Justice Gallop was inducted as a Life Member of the Association in 2001/2002, and in 2007/2008 the board renamed the ACT First Grade One Day Competition the John Gallop Cup.
Long serving chairman Ian McNamee, who had a 35-year association with Justice Gallop, described him as a ‘great servant of the game’.
“From acquiring the management rights for Manuka Oval to ensuring the health of local clubs, John did more than anyone to progress cricket in the region. John’s leadership was recognised nationally and his speeches at PMXI matches were eagerly awaited and a feature of the match,” he said.