GILLESPIE, Lyall Leslie

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Air Force
World War II
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Sydney NSW

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Queanbeyan NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Booroondara Street, Reid ACT
School(s) Attended
Hall Public School, Telopea Park School
Public servant
Next of Kin
Norma Gillespie (wife), Booroondara Street, Reid ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
Final Rank
Leading Aircraftman
Final Unit
3 Radio Installation & Maintenance Unit


Gillespie grew up at Hall and began in the Commonwealth Public Service in 1937 working at the stores depot in Kingston while studying accountancy at night. He married in 1941 and served with the RAAF at Nookanbah, Yanchep, DeGrey River, New Guinea and the Admiralty Islands. After the war he worked for the Public Service Board, the Department of Immigration and the Department of Works. He was Assistant Administrator of the Northern Territory (1960-63), Assistant Secretary Department of the Interior, Commissioner for Housing with the Department of the Capital Territory (1973-78) and City Manager of Canberra (1978-82). Gillespie was an expert on local history, writing numerous books and articles including 'Canberra 1820-1913' which was commissioned for the bicentenary.

He died on 24 January 2006 in Canberra and is buried at Woden Cemetery.


Jill Waterhouse, 'Lyall Gillespie' obituary,
Neil Gillespie, 'History of a Pioneer family of the Limestone Plains', 2005
Canberra Historical Journal, Canberra & District Historical Society, July 2006
WWII Nominal Roll

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