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George Leonard Garnsey (1881–1951)

The death occurred in the Canberra Community Hospital yesterday of Mr. George Leonard Garnsey, a member of the teaching staff of the Canberra Grammar School.

Mr. Garnsey died after a short illness. He was aged 70.

He was appointed to the staff of the Canberra Grammar School in June, 1949, and taught third and fourth grades in the primary school and agriculture to secondary students.

The late Mr. Garnsey was official coach to the New South Wales Cricket Association for more than 15 years, and among his pupils were Sir Donald Bradman and Sid Barnes.

He achieved outstanding success with school cricket and Rugby Union football teams.

While coach to the Barker College XI, the team was undefeated in 1948 and 1949.

In his years as coach of the Canberra Grammar School Rugby Union junior team, the side was unbeaten for two years.

He coached also the first XI cricket team, which won the A.C.T. secondary schools competition last season.

The late Mr. Garnsey was born at Windsor, N.S.W. He is survived by a widow and a son and daughter. He is an uncle of Canon Garnsey, headmaster of the Canberra Grammar School.

The funeral service will be conducted by Canon Garnsey at St. Lawrence's Church, Sydney, to-day, and cremation will take place at North Sydney.

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10 February, 1881
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


18 April, 1951 (aged 70)
Acton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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