Lynwood Lawrence Gill Life Member 1927

Life member South Brisbane 1927

Life Member Qld Cricket 1937.


Lynwood ‘Les’ Gill

B: Macquarie Plains, Launceston, Tasmania

Enlisted: Brisbane 30 October 1915, Aged 23 years 11 months

World War 1 Service :

Enlisted as a Private in the 1st Cavalry, Signals and Commissioned as a Lieutenant 24/03/1916. 2nd Lt Gill served in Basrah as an Acting Captain and was Mentioned in Dispatches on 15/04/1918 by Lt General W R Marshall. Again Mentioned in Dispatches for Distinguished and Gallant Service in 1919 on return to Australia.

Lynwood joined South Brisbane Cricket after his return from the war and continued his association for many years.

Served as President 1929-1945 and Patron 1945-1955 and also on the executive committee

Played for Queensland in its first Season admitted to the Sheffield Shield Competition in 1926 -27.

Qld Selector

GILL, LYNWOOD LAWRENCE (LES), Born 1891, died at Pullenvale, Queensland, on December 4, 1986, aged 95, was Australia’s oldest surviving first-class cricketer, and indeed may have been the world’s. A right-handed batsman and medium-pace bowler, he had already represented his native Tasmania against the 1911-12 MCC side and twice against Victoria the following season when he settled in Queensland after war service in the AIF. In 1926-27 and 1927-28 he played for the state in its first seasons in the Sheffield Shield, and in 1930-31, when many of the team were in dispute with the Queensland Cricket Association, he was recalled as captain for the final match against Victoria. Because of rain, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. In his ten first-class matches, he scored 447 runs, with an average of 29.80, and took eight wickets at 81.62. He was a Queensland selector from 1924 to 1944, with the exception of 1930-31. Although his birth registration shows his first name as Lynnwood, he always indicated it with only one “n”. (Wisden obituary)

Lynwood started the Gill & Co Timber company in Brisbane in 1926. The John Gill Timber Man jingle is the descendant of Lynwood.

L L Gill News Batting

1920-21 – 12 matches, 111 runs @ 92.5 / 12 wickets – 297 runs @24.75

1921-22 – 13 matches, 217 runs @ 18.08 / 27 wickets – 420 runs @15.55

1923-24 – 14 Matches, 226 runs @ 17.38 / 10 wickets – 307 runs @ 30.70