Alumni News Articles

Vale Bernard Francis Kilgariff AM

20 April 2010

The National Australia Day Council is saddened to hear of the passing of Bernie Kilgariff AM, 2004 NT Senior Australian of the Year and noted figure in Central Australia. He passed away in Alice Springs last Tuesday at the age of 86.

Mr Kilgariff was the Northern Territory’s first Senate representative and a founder of the Country Liberal Party. A World War II veteran, he represented the NT in the upper house until his retirement in 1987. Through this time he was also active in the Landcare Council, the Cattleworks Association and St John’s Ambulance.

After his retirement, he continued to be active in community affairs, including work with the YMCA and Year of the Outback.

Mr Kilgariff made huge contributions to the community through his work with Indigenous people, volunteer groups, tourism growth and government bodies.

In 1987, he received the medal of the Order of Australia, was made a Member of the Order in 1996 and received the NT Senior Australian of the Year Award in 2004.

A State Funeral Service will be held for Mr Kilgariff at our lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alice Springs at 9.00am on Thursday 22 April 2010.