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Sydney siege victim was R&A captain’s daughter

Sandy DawsonThe woman shot dead in the Sydney gun siege was the daughter of Sandy Dawson who recently completed a year as captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews.

Katrina Dawson, 38 a barrister and mother of three children under 10, was one of those killed in the Lindt chocolate cafe in the city on Monday.

She died on the way to hospital after being taken from the cafe when the 16-hour siege ended in a hail of gunfire. It’s thought she died of a cardiac arrest.

Ms Dawson, who was admitted to the bar in 2005, was married to Paul Smith, another lawyer, and the sister of defamation barrister Sandy Dawson junior. Their father, Sandy Dawson senior, was captain of the Royal & Ancient St Andrews for the 12 months to September this year. It is thought Katrina was with him at the traditional driving-in opening ceremony off the first tee at St Andrews in September last year.

The captain supports the R&A in its work promoting golf around the world and attends professional and amateur tournaments.

After Viscount Bruce of Melbourne in 1954 Dawson was only the second Australian to hold the post. Born in 1943, he is president of the Royal Sydney Golf Club and has been a member of the R&A since 1974. He plays off four. He is no relation to Peter Dawson, retiring chief executive of the R&A.

During a long business career, the Sydneysider was former managing director and chief executive of Arnott’s, one of Australia’s biggest food companies, and a former chairman of United Distillers Australasia.

His daughter became a lawyer in 2000 and her children were three of Mr Dawson’s nine grandchildren.

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