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Accounting pioneer set to be honoured

An industry legend is to be inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held later this month.

News Staff Reporter 10 March 2015
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The late Sir Ronald Irish will be honoured for his work in pioneering tertiary training for accountants in Australia.


Mr Irish worked closely with Professor Ray Chambers at the University of Sydney in the 1950s to develop an accounting degree structure that was adopted by both the university and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Murray Wells, who was professor of accounting at Sydney from 1975 to 1996, welcomed Mr Irish's induction, describing him as a “world leader within the profession”.

“Sir Ronald’s primary contribution was the higher level of education and training required for entry to the accounting profession which led to greater professionalism and accountability,” said Mr Wells.

“Australian businesses, governments and individuals (especially investors) are better served today because of the rigorous education and training requirements for entering the accounting profession.”

Mr Irish, who died in 1993, will become the 17th inductee into the Accounting Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday 18 March.

According to a statement from the University of Sydney, Mr Irish authored numerous editions of the foremost text book on auditing over nearly 40 years, and as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants he was largely responsible for the organisation’s current structure.

He also chaired the World Congress of Accounting held in Sydney in 1972 and was awarded a University of Sydney Fellowship in 1983.

Mr Irish was a life member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Society of Accountants.

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