Lindsay was born in Melbourne and completed his secondary education at Melbourne High School. He grew up in Ormond before moving into the local area in 1963/64. Married to Beverley, and with 2 children (Ken and Vicky), Lindsay worked for the Australian Government and was Chairman of the Productivity Promotion Council of Australia.
Lindsay played with Mooroolbark Cricket Club and played regularly until the 1991/92 season. A playing record of 316 games, over 8000 runs (with a season high of 632 in one season), 10 centuries with a highest score of 134 not out, 10 club batting average awards (four in Chandler Shield), around 200 wickets with a best of 7/41, and three club bowling averages show that Lindsay had an illustrious career. Add 6 seasons as First Eleven Captain (1964/65 to 1969/70 including the 1967/68 premiership team), First Eleven premiership player in 1971/72, Fourth Eleven premiership player in 1981/82 and an RDCA F Grade bowling average award in 1984/85 shows that Lindsay had a fine cricketing record over many years.
Off field, Lindsay was a busy man at Mooroolbark. He was President in 1966/67, Secretary from 1967/68 to 1988/89 (21 years) and First Eleven scorer from 1992/93 to 2003/04. The club has seen fit to reward Lindsay by proudly making him a Life Member in 1982 and making Lindsay one of only four club Legends in 2003. The Lindsay Trollope Award is presented annually by the club to the Champion Player for the Grades below the First Eleven.
Besides an impressive playing and club administration career, Lindsay found time to volunteer his expertise to the RDCA Executive over a period of many years. In seventeen years of service as the Association Secretary, two years as a Vice President and two years as Manager of the Associations Indoor Cricket Centre (1982/3 and 1983/4 when he took it into 'the black'). Lindsay always impressed as being a practical and approachable administrator. For a time he was also the Association's Member Protection Officer and he was made a Life Member of the Association in 1989/90 in recognition of his generous and fine service to the Association. Lindsay was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
The 2001/2002 RDCA Annual Report contains the following Testimonial, written by Steve Pascoe:
"THANK YOU – LINDSAY TROLLOPE
Lindsay Trollope rocked our comfortable world when at the 2001 Annual General Meeting he announced that the coming season would be his last as General Secretary of the Association. 17 years of unstinting service has seen Lindsay's common sense and no nonsense approach guide the RDCA through a period that saw the momentum of change gathering pace throughout.
And what change there was.
It is testimony to Lindsay's expertise as an administrator that he has been able to guide the introduction of many groundbreaking innovations both on and off the field without too much fuss and always to the betterment of cricket in our area.
The footprint of Lindsay Trollope on the RDCA is, and always will be, indelible.
On behalf of all those in RDCA circles who have been touched by the dedication of the man. I thank Lindsay for a job well done.
As further acknowledgement of Lindsay's magnificent service to the Association, the most senior grade in the Senior Competition was named as the 'Lindsay Trollope Shield' from the 2010/2011 season.
Lindsay certainly earned his 'retirement' from his official RDCA connections and he remained very interested in the activities of the Association and his beloved Mooroolbark Cricket Club. After a period of ill-health Lindsay passed away in December 2015.