Justices of the High Court of Australia

Former Chief Justices

(born 1845; died 1920). Chief Justice 1903-19.
Admitted Queensland Bar 1867 (QC 1876). MLA (Queensland) 1872-93, including Attorney-General 1874-78, Leader of the Opposition 1879-83, Premier 1883-88, Coalition Premier & Attorney-General 1890-93. Chief Justice of Queensland 1893-1903. PC (1901).

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(born 1863; died 1932). Chief Justice 1919-30. MLA (NSW) 1894-98.
Called to English Bar 1886. Admitted NSW Bar 1886 (KC 1906). PC (1920).

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(born 1855; died 1948). A Justice 1906-30. Chief Justice 1930-31.
Admitted Victorian Bar 1880 (QC 1899). MLA (Victoria) 1892-1901, including Attorney-General 1894-99 and 1900-01. MHR 1901-06, including Attorney-General 1904-06. Governor-General of Australia 1931-36. PC (1921).

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(born 1852; died 1936). A Justice 1913-31. Chief Justice 1931-35.
Admitted Victorian Bar 1874 (KC 1901). Founding editor of Australian Law Times 1879-1883. PC (1932).

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(born 1877; died 1964). Chief Justice 1935-52.
Joined Victorian Bar 1904 (KC 1922). Lt Commander, Naval Intelligence, World War I. MHR 1922-34, including Attorney-General 1925-29 and 1931-34. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs 1931-34. Leader of the Opposition 1929-31. First Australian Minister to Japan 1940. PC (1933).

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(born 1886; died 1972). A Justice 1929-52. Chief Justice 1952-64. Joined Victorian Bar 1910 (KC 1922). Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria 1926. Australian Minister to Washington 1942-44. PC (1951).

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(born 1903; died 1997). Chief Justice 1964-81.
Admitted NSW Bar 1927 (KC 1941). President NSW Bar Association 1950-52 and 1955-56. President Law Council of Australia 1952-54. MHR 1958-64, including Attorney-General 1958-61, Minister for External Affairs 1961-64. Judge International Court of Justice 1973-74. PC (1964).

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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 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 1928). A Justice 1981-95. Chief Justice 1995-98.
Admitted Queensland Bar 1951 (QC 1965). Member, Australian Law Reform Commission 1975-77. First President Administrative Appeals Tribunal 1976-79. Judge, Australian Industrial Court and Additional Judge, ACT Supreme Court, 1976-81. Judge, Federal Court of Australia, 1977-81.

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