Vale David Lindsay | 13 April 1954 – 20 March 2020

It is with sadness that we pass on the news that David Lindsay passed away on Friday, March 20, following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. 

David emigrated to Australia from England in 1966 and immediately entrenched himself in the Victorian rugby community. He represented Victoria at age-group level and went on to captain the Scotch College 1st XV to the 1970 schoolboy premiership, the pennant for which still hangs proudly in the Lindsay family home. 

In 1971 he commenced a medical degree at the University of Melbourne, and throughout his studies played for Melbourne University Rugby Football Club as a rangy number 8. His playing career was cut short when he tore his ACL at 25 and faced 8 months in plaster. He turned his attention to his medical career and spent over 40 years working in public and private practice in Melbourne as an Anaesthetist. 

David Dropped in Lineout

David’s passion for rugby was passed onto his son, Tim, who also followed David’s passion and became a Unicorn. After time as the SCRUM Club President during Tim’s school years, David’s allegiance quickly shifted to a shared one, and he was a proud and ardent supporter of Melbourne Rugby Club. He would often be seen on the side-lines or at a President’s Club lunch where he was a big fan of lunches catered by Moti Mahal.  

Tim Dropped in Lineout

In recent years, after Tim’s move to the UK, David was seen less on the side-line, but remained a committed supporter of Victorian rugby and the Melbourne Rebels. As his disease progressed, his love for the game never faulted, and he would spend happy hours reminiscing with old teammates or watching the latest Super Rugby games. 


David died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Sally, daughter Poppy, sons Tim, Jonno, and Nick, grandchildren Henry, Ruby and Saskia.