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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 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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(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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(born 1931). A Justice 1982-95.
Admitted NSW Bar 1957 (QC 1966). Judge Supreme Court of NSW 1977. Judge, Federal Court of Australia 1977-82. President, Australian Trade Practices Tribunal 1977-82. Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001.

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(born 1933). A Justice 1982-97.
Joined Victorian Bar 1957, Tasmanian Bar 1972 (QC 1971). Solicitor-General (Vic) 1974-82. Lieut. Cmdr. RANVR. Member Australian Motor Sport Appeal Court 1974-86, Chairman 1987.

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(born 4 March 1930, died 9 April 2015). A Justice 1987-98.
Admitted WA Bar 1952 (QC 1968). Judge, Federal Court of Australia & Supreme Court of NT 1977-87. NT Aboriginal Land Commissioner 1977-82. Member, Constitutional Commission 1985-86 & Presidential Member, AAT.

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(born 1943). A Justice 1987-2003.
Admitted to NSW Bar 1968 (QC 1981). Deputy President, Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission 1974-1980. Chairman, NSW Legal Services Commission 1979-80. Solicitor-General (NSW) 1981-87.

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(born 1935). A Justice 1989-2005.
Admitted to NSW Bar 1961 (QC 1973). Judge of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court NSW 1984-89. President NSW Bar Association 1981-83. President Australian Bar Association 1983-84.

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(born 1937). A Justice 1998-2007.
Admitted Queensland Bar 1965 (QC 1978). President Queensland Bar Association 1984-87. President Australian Bar Association 1984-85.

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