Vale – Giuseppe John Sala


Bar Roll No: 1967

It is with deep regret that members are advised of the death of Giuseppe John Sala, or Joe as he was known to most, on 20 April 2022. Joe was born on 17 August 1948 on the Southeast Coast of Sicily in a small town named Floridia. He emigrated to Australia with his parents, initially settling, like so many other Italians, in North Melbourne.

Joe attended Assumption College in Kilmore where, in his last year, he earned a scholarship based upon his sporting prowess. He was a keen footballer and demonstrated significant skill as a full forward combining natural talent with his own style of continental flare (the rare practice of attempting to ‘draw a foul’ in the goal square sadly passing away with him).

After matriculating from Assumption College Joe studied arts with a diploma of education at Monash University. He worked as a teacher for a number of years before returning to Monash University to study Law. After completing his law degree he worked at Galbally & O’Bryan, where he was articled to Peter O’Bryan. 

Joe signed the Bar role in June 1985 and commenced reading with Peter John Galbally Q.C. He practiced in the Common Law jurisdiction principally acting for plaintiffs from migrant backgrounds. He augmented this part of his practice volunteering for the Italian Assistance Association – CO.AS.IT. – an organisation he was most passionate about. Joe was a much loved member of the Fourth Floor, Owen Dixon Chambers West, for many years until his retirement in 2017.

Joe was known for always being in possession of a smile and friendly embrace, quick to throw his hand up high and holler a “hello” across William Street. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Margaret, his three children and four grandchildren.

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