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State Funeral for Sir James Hardy OBE (HWK 1950)

Old scholars are invited to attend the State Funeral to celebrate the life of the late Sir James Hardy OBE (HWK 1950) on Friday, 23 June 2023 at St Peter's College.
21 Jun 2023
Written by Bianca Harms
Sadly Missed

"Often referred to as ‘Gentleman Jim’, Sir James Hardy was made an OBE in 1975 and knighted in 1981 for services to sailing and the community.

A dual Olympian who competed in the Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games, Sir James skippered Australian boats in the 1970, 1974 and 1980 America’s Cup challenges, before playing an integral role in the historic 1983 victory that ended more than a century of American supremacy in the sport.

Inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Sir James sailed competitively until late in life, and also served as director of the fledgling Sydney Swans Australian Rules football club.

He also played a major role in the Hardy family company, where he worked from 1953 and had a sparkling wine range named in his honour in the 1980s, helping position the company as a leading Australian wine brand ahead of its sale to Accolade in 2003.

Sir James passed away peacefully in Adelaide on Wednesday 14 June 2023. He is survived by his wife Lady Joan, sister Pamela, and sons David and Richard."   Via DPC Website

Old scholars are invited to join family, friends, colleagues and members of the public in Memorial Hall for the service. Guests are encouraged to register their attendance via
For further details please contact the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on (08) 8429 7085.
The service will be live streamed via the Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s website.
Date: Friday 23 June
Location: Memorial Hall, St Peter’s College
Time: 12.30pm arrival for 1pm service
Carparking: Entry via Bruce Gates on Trinity Street – parking in the Avenues and on Lloyd Oval

Our thoughts are with family and friends during this time.

Image: With Tim Browning, Headmaster as SPOC Annual Dinner 2021

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