Vale Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, Mrs Linda Hurley and the staff of Government House have received, with great sadness, the news of the death of Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, former Governor of New South Wales, and family.
An eminent Australian, Sir Nicholas lived a full and distinguished life on the sporting field, as a civic leader and in service to the community and the people of New South Wales.
A talented sportsman, Sir Nicholas was selected for the 1947-48 Wallaby rugby tour and, subsequently, represented Australia with the Wallabies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand on 114 occasions in the 1950s. He also captained the Australian team during this period, before retiring as a player in 1958. In 1980, Sir Nicholas was appointed President of the Australian Rugby Union Board, a position he held until 1987. After much international lobbying, he was instrumental in setting up the Rugby World Cup. For his service to rugby, in 2011 he was inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame.
As a civic leader, Sir Nicholas was first elected as an alderman of the Council of the City of Sydney in 1962 and served additional terms in 1966 and 1969 before being elected Deputy Lord Mayor, and then Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1973.
Sir Nicholas served the community in many other roles. Sir Nicholas was appointed Chairman of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in 1981, serving SBS until 1999. He was also a member of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust from 1978-2001 and served as its Chairman from 1990-2001. Additionally, he served as Chairman of Technical and Further Education (TAFE),the Migrant Employment and Qualification Board and was the National Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from 1992-1994.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1971 and created a Knight Bachelor in 1976. Sir Nicholas was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for ‘service to the media, to sport and to community’ in 1990.
His Excellency writes: ‘On behalf of the people of New South Wales, I extend my deepest sympathy to Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, former Governor of New South Wales, and family.
From 2001-2014, upon the appointment of Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO as the 37th Governor of New South Wales, Sir Nicholas provided exceptional support to Her Excellency in the conduct of Vice Regal duties, for which they are warmly remembered by the people of New South Wales.’