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Former Justices

Apart from the current members of the Court, there have been 11 Chief Justices and 36 Justices since the Court was established in 1903. A biographical synopsis of each is given below.

(born 1900; died 1987). A Justice 1958-72.
Admitted NSW Bar 1925 (KC 1949). In World War II as Lt Colonel commanded Sydney University Regiment and 2/48 Battalion AIF and, as Brigadier, 20th Australian Infantry Brigade AIF. Awarded DSO and bar, and three times mentioned in dispatches. Promoted Major-General and commanded 2nd Division CMF (1950-52). PC (1963).

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Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press Australia, from The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, by Tony Blackshield, Michael Coper and George Williams (eds), 2001, © Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.au

(born 1899; died 1972). A Justice 1961-72.
Admitted NSW Bar 1923 (KC 1935). Wounded in action serving with AIF, World War I. Judge Supreme Court of NSW 1936-61. PC (1963).

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(born 1909; died 1973). A Justice 1969-73.
Admitted NSW Bar 1934. Judge Supreme Court of NSW 1954-69, Judge of Appeal 1966-69. PC (1971).

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(born 1917; died 2005). A Justice 1970-81. Chief Justice 1981-87.
Admitted Queensland Bar 1939 (QC 1957). Served in World War II as Major in Australian Army. Judge of Queensland Supreme Court 1961-67. Judge of Federal Court of Bankruptcy and ACT Supreme Court 1967-70. PC (1972).

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(born 1923). A Justice 1972-82.
Joined Victorian Bar 1952 (QC 1966). Served with AIF, World War II. Judge Supreme Court of Victoria 1970-72. Governor-General of Australia 1982-89. Australian Ambassador for the Environment 1989-92. Chairman, Second Strand Nthn Ireland Peace Talks 1992. Judge International Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda since 1993. PC (1979).

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(born 1925). A Justice 1972-87. Chief Justice 1987-95.
Admitted NSW Bar 1951 (QC 1964). Served in RAAF, World War II. Commonwealth Solicitor-General 1964-69. Judge NSW Court of Appeal 1969-72.

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(born 5 October 1917, died 24 May 2015). A Justice 1974-79.
Admitted NSW Bar 1947 (QC 1958). Served with AIF, World War II. Judge Supreme Court of NSW 1960-74, Judge of Appeal 1966-74, President Court of Appeal 1972-74.

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(born 1922; died 1986). A Justice 1975-86.
Admitted NSW Bar 1947 (QC 1960). Senator 1962-74, including Government Leader, Attorney-General and Minister for Customs and Excise 1972-75.

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(born 1916; died 1982). A Justice 1976-82.
Joined Victorian Bar 1949 (QC 1957). Member, Legal Department of United Nations 1942-48.

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(born 1922; died 2005). A Justice 1979-89.
Admitted WA Bar 1951 (QC 1963). Served in RAAF, World War II. Chief Crown Prosecutor 1959-61, Crown Counsel 1961-69, Solicitor-General (WA) 1969-79. Moderator, WA Synod, Uniting Church 1977-79. President, Uniting Church of Australia 1988-91. President, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission 1990-97.

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Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press Australia, from The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, by Tony Blackshield, Michael Coper and George Williams (eds), 2001, © Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.au

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