Obituary & Service - The Honourable Allan McDonald AO, QC


It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death last Thursday 15 June 2017 of The Honourable Allan William McDonald AO, QC.  He was 80 (born 3 March 1937).

Allan McDonald was educated at The Geelong College and at Ormond College within the University of Melbourne. He was an outstanding Athlete – he played football; he rowed; and he set a record in the 100 yards dash of 9.9 seconds. He later served as Chairman of the Council of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association; and as President of the Australian Athletics Union.  He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.  He was a Life Governor of Athletics Australia; a Life Member of Athletics Victoria; and a Patron and Life Member of the Melbourne University Athletics Club.

He served Articles with The Honourable Vernon Wilcox (sometime Victorian Attorney-General) and read with William Crockett (later Supreme Court Judge). He had a wide practice: Common Law; Commercial; Divorce; and Royal Commissions. He had 5 Readers. He served on Bar and Court Committees from early days. He took Silk in 1977 and served on the Bar Council and its Executive Committee.

He served with distinction as a Judge of the Supreme Court for more than 14 years in all jurisdictions of the Court. He headed the Commercial & Equity Division.

It has been said that without his work as Advisory Panel Chairperson, and with the Founding Dean, there would not have been a Law School at Deakin University.

In retirement, he was a Member of the Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee; Chairman of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health; a Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and Vice-President of the MCC.

A Funeral Service to Celebrate his Life will be held at the Wesley Uniting Church, 100 Yarra Street, Geelong on Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 2 pm.

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