Vale Alan Davidson AM MBE

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Moved by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Thalis –

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the passing of former cricketer and long term South Sydney resident Alan Davidson on 30 October 2021 at the age of 92;

(ii)        Alan Davidson was born at Lisarow in 1929, moving to Sydney at the age of 19;

(iii)      Alan Davidson played 44 Tests for Australia between 1953 and 1963;

(iv)      Alan Davidson was a left-arm paceman taking 186 Test wickets with an average of 20.53 during his career;

(v)       Alan Davidson was also an accomplished batsman, hitting five centuries during his Test career;

(vi)      Alan Davidson was the first male cricketer to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets during a single test;

(vii)     Alan Davidson went on to be an Australian Test selector between 1979 and 1984;

(viii)    Alan Davidson spent 33 years as President of Cricket NSW and 20 years as a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground;

(ix)      Alan Davidson was inducted into both the Sport Australia and ICC Hall of Fames;

(x)       Alan Davidson was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 1964 and awarded the Order of Australia in 1987; and

(xi)      Alan Davidson Oval in Sydney Park was named for the cricketing legend;

(B)      all persons attending this meeting of Council observe one minute’s silence to commemorate the life of Alan Davidson and his significant contribution to Australian sport;

(C)      Council expresses its condolences to Alan Davidson's family; and

(D)      the Lord Mayor be requested to convey Council’s condolences to Alan’s family. Vale Alan Davidson AM MBE.

Carried unanimously.


Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 15/11/2021

Date of decision: 15/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 15/11/2021 - Council

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