Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 31 October 2017) . . Page.. 4634 ..
Ken Archer, the President of the ACT Bar Association, said he was:
… a much loved and respected giant of the ACT legal fraternity, the Bar and the bench. Intellectually, he was very bright.
He’s remembered for his court craft, he just cut absolutely to the chase.
Justice Gallop made an enormous contribution to Canberra. He will be missed. His commitment to justice, to family and to community should be celebrated. Our deepest sympathies are with his partner, Judith Breen; his ex-wife, Joy Gallop; his sister, Valma Levinge; his children, Cathy, Robert and David; and his five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (10.11): On behalf of the ACT Greens I wish to pay my respects to former ACT Supreme Court judge Justice John Gallop QC and to acknowledge his significant contribution and service to the Australian Capital Territory. Justice Gallop has been described as a towering figure of the ACT legal profession, having been part of the Canberra legal community for over 50 years. Amongst the legal community Justice Gallop was known as intellectually bright and dedicated to upholding the rule of law. He emphasised the need for lawyers to be respectful both to the court and to their clients.
As has been noted, Justice Gallop came to Canberra in 1962 and joined the legal firm which would become Snedden Hall & Gallop. He was one of only 23 solicitors in private practice in the ACT at the time. The firm was amongst the first legal firms to represent clients in the law courts building in Knowles Place, which opened in 1963. Justice Gallop enjoyed a successful career as a solicitor before becoming a barrister in 1973 and he earned his silks a mere three years later, in 1976.
In 1978 Justice Gallop was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and was a resident judge there until 1982. He held a concurrent commission with the Federal Court of Australia from 1978, a commission he held until his retirement in 2000. Justice Gallop served as a judge of the ACT Supreme Court from 1982 until 2000. He was also a presidential member of the AAT, president of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal and a judge of the Supreme Court of Christmas Island. He served as president of the ACT Law Society from 1976 to 1978. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for services to the law as a judge, to military law as a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal and to the community.
As has been noted this morning, outside of his legal career Justice Gallop was a very accomplished cricketer. In the 1960s and 1970s he played for Kingston Cricket Club and captained the ACT representative team from 1962 to 1966. Perhaps the pinnacle of his cricketing career came in that 1964 match when he played for the Prime Minister’s XI against South Africa at Manuka Oval, a game in which he achieved one stumping and scored 32 not out, including hitting the winning runs. He was named ACT cricketer of the year in 1964-65 for his achievements as a captain, wicketkeeper and batsman and he was inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame in 2002. Having