Vale Sir Ninian Stephen 1923 – 2017

Sir Ninian Stephen AK GCMB GCVO KBE has died, aged 94. Government House said in a statement Sir Ninian, who was governor-general from 1982 to 1989, died in Melbourne.

School of Thinking pays respects to his memory as a friend of the school. When he was Governor-General, Sir Ninian kindly agreed to officiate at the launch the School of Thinking in Australia. Here, Sir Ninian was  presented with a Clever Brainusers Software Kit by Dr Hewitt-Gleeson at the SOT launch in Canberra in 1988.

“Our nation is a better place due to his service and he will be most warmly remembered,” the current Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to a man who brought “gentle dignity to the role”. The Prime Minister said,

A former Governor-General, Justice of the High Court of Australia, and Australian infantryman, Sir Ninian’s long and highly distinguished career was dedicated to the service of the Australian public. He represented the very best of Australia while encouraging the very best from all Australians. Australia will remember Sir Ninian for his humility, his intellect, and his lifelong commitment to justice and the rule of law.

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