Mr Gallop had a long and distinguished association with cricket in the ACT, notably serving as President of the ACT Cricket Association for a remarkable 27 years.
Mr Gallop played Grade Cricket in Sydney for Petersham as a wicket-keeper/batsman in the 1960's before moving to Canberra in season 1964/1965. Playing for the Kingston Cricket Club he won cricketer of the year in season and earned selection in Prime Ministers XI vs South Africa. In the match he struck the winning runs although, Sir Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister, was not impressed as he desired a tied result!
As well as his devotion to cricket, Mr Gallop was also one of the longest serving judges in the ACT Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia. Mr Gallop was fittingly 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 had a 35-year association with Mr Gallop and 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’.
Mr McNamee reflected that ‘John was extremely popular with the players who referred to him as ‘Justice John’ or ‘The Judge’. A favourite quip was in relation to volunteers was about the official ‘who did not know his wife had left him until season was over’, something which anyone involved in administration would relate to’.
Mr Gallop lived an extraordinary life and will be missed by the cricket family.