Sir John Nosworthy was admitted as a solicitor in 1936 and, following service in World War II, joined Morris Fletcher & Cross Solicitors, where he became widely known and respected for his corporate and commercial work.
Sir John was a man of outstanding intellect, combined with a diplomatic approach and a dry sense of humour. His capacity for hard work was legendary, as evidenced by the extraordinarily wide range of professional, corporate, community and charitable leadership roles he undertook. Boards on which he served include McDonnell & East Ltd, National Mutual Life Association, Nutta Products (QLD) Ltd, Queensland Trading & Holding Company Ltd and the two favourite companies he chaired, Campbell Brothers Ltd and the Bank of Queensland Ltd.
He served on many major government committees including the Interstate Corporate Affairs Commission, the National Companies and Securities Commission, the Law Reform Commission and the Judges Remuneration Tribunal. He also gave long and distinguished service to the Queensland Law Society, both as President and in a wide variety of other roles.
Sir John’s charitable contributions were equally extensive. He was Chairman of the Queensland Government Disaster Appeal Relief fund, Chairman of the St John’s Cathedral Restoration Fund, Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal Committee and a member of the Salvation Army Board of Advice, and President of Legacy.
In 1973, he received an Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) and in 1988 was awarded a Knighthood.
His was an era when Queensland still housed the headquarters of many of its own companies, just prior to the wave of mergers and acquisitions in the 1970s and 80s. He was a proud champion of Queensland business and widely acclaimed as an outstanding chairman and all-round leader of his time.