Born in Stawell, Victoria Stuart lived in a number of Western District towns including Stawell, Ararat, Beaufort, Lake Goldsmith, and Ballarat before coming to Melbourne to live in East Ringwood and now Croydon. Part of his education was at Boarding School in Mentone. Stuart is a qualified Accountant and Tax Agent and has worked for large organisations such as the Commonwealth Bank, Cadbury Schweppes and the Gas and Fuel Corporation in accounting, taxation and auditing roles. Stuart married Joan (RDCA Treasurer for 11 years) in 1955 and they have 4 children, all of who played in the RDCA.
Stuart's cricket career commenced at Beaufort where he played in the senior side from ages 14 to 16 while at school locally. Over the years Stuart has been involved in many sporting organisations including being a Foundation and Charter member of the Ararat YMCA, a Foundation Member and player for the Ringwood Saints Baseball Club and a Foundation Member, player and Treasurer of the Croydon and District Table Tennis Association.
Examples of Stuart's long history of volunteer involvement can be demonstrated by noting that he was the Treasurer of his local Church for 50 years and his magnificent contribution to the Monkami Centre for the Intellectually Disabled where he was President for over 25 years. Remarkable achievements.
Stuart has had a long and successful history within the RDCA as a player, administrator, President and Life Member of North Ringwood Cricket Club. He opened the batting in North Ringwood's consecutive Chandler Shield premierships in 1967/68 and 1968/69. Stuart also captained the Chandler Shield and C Grade sides in other years and coached the successful Under 16 team. Stuart was a club delegate to the Association for many years from 1961/62. He was President at North Ringwood from 1969/70 to 1975/76 and Secretary from 1958/59 to 1966/67. He was also an RDCA Umpire and Umpires Advisor for many years and is a proud Life Member of the RDCA Umpires Association.
Volunteer service to the RDCA also includes long-term service on the Association Executive – Records Secretary for 27 years and Treasurer for 11 years. Stuart was honoured as a Life Member of the Association in 1981/2 and has a Senior Grade named after him (Newey Plate from 2001/02) as well as the Stuart Newey Medal for the Best and Fairest player in the Newey Plate competition.
Stuart decided that the end of the 2013/2014 season was a good time to take a break from his volunteering commitments and that it was time to hand over his RDCA Finance Manager position to someone else. However, this 'retirement' did not mean a complete break and Stuart remains interested in the activities of the Association.