26th January 1962 -
6th January 2016
Born on Australia Day, 1962 Lyndall enjoyed her childhood in the eastern suburbs,
at Malabar. Her love and passion for animals was evident at a very early age.
At five, Lyndall rescued three kittens that she witnessed being dumped near the ocean.
Then, and at the age of ten she brought home a horse that she “found down the road!”
Lyndall eventually became the owner of this horse. This was followed,
at the age of twelve, with Lyndall arriving home,
with a cute puppy carefully placed in her school-bag.
Moving to Maroubra in the 80’s, Lyndall joined the NSW Police Force
hoping one day to fulfil her dream of working in the Mounted Police Division.
After a long and impressive career with the Police, Lyndall was medically discharged
in the late 90’s after attaining the rank of Sergeant.
Marrying her loving husband John, in 1996, the couple moved to Cronulla
where they lived for a number of years, along with two gorgeous German Shepherds,
Samson (male) and Shari (female). Many summery days were spent
walking along the Cronulla promenade with these best mates.
It was then onto Orangeville, in the south west of Sydney,
where Lyndall truly pursued and fulfilled her passion for horses.
After expanding into breeding thoroughbreds for flat racing,
Lyndall spent many a day and night out in the paddocks with her prized brood.
Travelling around to many racetracks in the southern region of NSW,
Lyndall and John were lucky winners of a number of provincial and country races,
with their mares ‘Conflicting Dreams’ and ‘Frisco Conflict’.
Lyndall passed away on January 6, 2016 at Campbelltown Hospital,
after a five year encounter with cancer. On the afternoon of her passing,
Lyndall had a surprise visit from ‘Hudson’ and Sharon of the PAWS Pet Therapy team;
a visit that shed a little bit of happiness to all, including the hospital nursing staff,
during what was otherwise a very bleak time.
Lyndall is survived by her husband, John, her parents, Meg and Bruce Harris
and brothers Andrew and Phillip Harris.
All of us at PAWS Pet Therapy wish John, Lyndall's family & her friends all the very best
for the future - keep her love and memories in your heart forever.
We feel honoured that Hudson was able to spread a little bit of joy
and comfort to Lyndall and her family, when they needed it most.
Lyndall Durbridge Tribute Fund
John & Mary Baker
At the request of the Durbridge family, the following people made
generous donations to PAWS Pet Therapy, in lieu of flowers.