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Vale Hon Dr John Bannon AO

December 13, 2015

The South Australian Cricket Association is today deeply saddened at the passing of former SACA Board Member, Hon Dr. John Bannon AO, aged 72.

Dr Bannon was a member of state parliament from 1977 to 1993, was the Leader of the Opposition from 1979 to 1982, and Premier of South Australia for 10 years from 1982 to 1992.

John Bannon served on the SACA Board for 14 years, the Cricket Australia Board since 2008, and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority Board since its inception, in 2009.

In 2007/08 Bannon was SACA’s representative in the negotiations with the State Library and the Bradman family that resulted in the re-location of the Bradman Collection from North Terrace to the Adelaide Oval.

Bannon’s contribution to cricket in South Australia was recognised in 2014 with Honorary Life Membership, SACA’s highest honour – being bestowed on him.He was a member of the Lord’s Taverners and a Life Member of the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association.

SACA President, Andrew Sinclair today said: “On behalf of the South Australian Cricket Association, we send our deepest condolences to Angela Bannon and the Bannon family at the news of John’s passing.

John made a massive contribution to South Australian cricket, Australian cricket and the recent redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

“Through negotiations of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment and Australian cricket governance reforms, he was always a voice of reason; calm and considered.

"His unmatched understanding of history will be sorely missed, for no sport can reflect on its current position without knowing what went before. He had enormous knowledge of Australian history, from cricket to politics.

“John was driving various SACA cricket history and museum initiatives. These will absolutely come to fruition, unfortunately without John in person, but he'll be there in spirit and in the hearts of many SACA Members. There is a very strong Board resolve to continue John's legacy. 

“The Board rooms of Australian and South Australian cricket are much poorer for his loss; he is already sadly missed.”