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Bertram Russell Wyllie (1894–1986)

A former master of Wesley College, Sydney University, for 22 years, the Rev Bertram Wyllie, died yesterday at the age of 92.

Mr Wyllie left school in Tasmania at the age of 11 to help his father on the family farm and allow his two younger brothers and sister to continue schooling.

Born at Barrington, Tasmania, Mr Wyllie served as a machine-gunner in First AIF in World War I, fighting at Ypres and the Somme.

After the war he decided to do his matriculation and offer himself for the Methodist ministry.

Mr Wyllie worked for several years as a home missionary and secretary of the Australian Student Christian Movement.

He became master of Wesley College in 1942 and was chaplain to the RAAF personnel then occupying half the college.

In 1957, Mr Wyllie was president of the NSW Methodist Conference. He was an advocate of church unity, which saw partial fulfilment in the formation of the Uniting Church. He was the first treasurer of the Australian United Nations Association.

Retiring at the beginning of 1965, Mr Wyllie served terms as Deputy Chancellor of Sydney University and was a member of the board of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.

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