The Rt Hon Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick (1903–1997) was Chief Justice of the High Court 27 April 1964 to 11 February 1981 – the longest serving Chief Justice of Australia. He took an active interest in the design and construction of the High Court building that opened in Canberra in 1980. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1964.
Garfield Barwick graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and university medal in law, and in 1927 was admitted to the NSW Bar. He was appointed a King's Counsel (KC) in 1941, a Knight Bachelor (Kt) in 1953, a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in 1965, and in June 1981 a Knight of the Order of Australia (AK).
Garfield Barwick also pursued and attained leadership positions such as President of the Bar Association (1950–52 and 1955–56), President of the Law Council of Australia (1952–54), and first President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (1966). He also served in Federal Parliament. During his terms as a Member of the House of Representatives (1958–64), he served as Attorney-General (1958–63), and Minister for External Affairs (1961–64). He was a Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice 1973–74, and Chancellor of Macquarie University 1967–78.
Brian Dunlop's portrait of the Chief Justice shows him standing in his chambers dressed in robes but without his wig which is lying on top of the bookcase holding a set of legal tomes. It conveys an air of the authority of the subject.