GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW

Nick Cowdery QC, former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions,
gadfly of government.
(Daily Telegraph photo)

 

  • Francis Edward Rogers (1841-1925; in College 1857-58), district court judge and many times royal commissioner in NSW. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • George Henry Thorn (1838/40-1905; in College 1858), Premier of Queensland. [Australian Dictionary of Biography; there is some confusion as to the identity of this man]
  • The Hon Robert Pring (1853–1922; in College 1870), NSW Supreme Court justice, and acting Chief Justice. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • The Hon Sir Philip Street, KCMG, KStJ (1863–1938; in College 1881-83), NSW Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Thomas Roseby (1867–1929; in College 1889), Chief Judge, Condominium Court of the New Hebrides, Chief Judge Supreme Court of Mauritius. [Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Oct 1929]
  • The Hon A.B. Piddington (1862–1945; in College 1880-83, Vice-Warden 1883-84), High Court justice (appointed but did not sit) and Royal Commissioner; as chair of the Royal commission on the Basic Wage was "Australia's outstdnaing advocate of child endowment"; argued strongly for women's rights and the distribution of wealth. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • F.R. de Bertodano y Wilson, 8th Marques del Moral (1871-1955; in College 1888-91 [known as Lopez]), Spanish nobleman; as an intelligence officer in the Boer War managed the investigation against "Breaker" Morant; in the Spanish Civil War organised pro-Franco public opinion in England; in World War Two, said to have been involved in evacuation of British troops from France, June 1940.
  • Richard Windeyer (1868-1959; in College 1889-90), barrister, acting NSW Supreme Court justice.  [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Harrie Dalrymple Wood, CMG (1869-1937; in College 1891), Prothonotary, NSW Supreme Court. [Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 1937]
  • James Leslie Williams, CMG, MBE (1870-1949; in College 1891-92), Chairman of the NSW Public Service Board.
  • Norman de Horne Rowland (1865–1931; in College 1892-94, Vice-Warden 1903-04, Sub-Warden 1908-09), judge in Papua New Guinea, Crown Prosecutor, Sydney Quarter Sessions [Sydney Morning Herald, 27 June 1931]
  • The Hon Edward Milner Stephen (1870–1939; in College 1890-91), NSW Supreme Court justice [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • The Hon Sir John Peden, KCMG (1871-1946; in College 1891-99 [Vice-Warden 1892-99]), Challis Professor of Law, Sydney University, President of the NSW Legislative Council. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • The Hon Sir Michael Bruxner, KBE, DSO, Chevalier de la L├ęgion d’Honneur (1882-1969; in College 1901-03), NSW Deputy Premier (Country Party) [Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • The Hon Sir Kenneth Street, KCMG, KStJ (1890–1972; in College 1908-10), NSW Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • The Rt Hon Sir Dudley Williams, PC, KBE (1889–1962; in College 1909-11), High Court justice and Acting Chief Justice. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Roland Green, FRGS (1885-1947; in College 1910), sailor and explorer, Federal MP (Country Party).
  • The Hon J.P. Abbott, OBE (1891–1965; in College 1910-13), Australian Minister for Home Security (Country Party). [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Sir Ferguson Crawford, KBE, CMG (1894-1978; in College 1913-14), Rhodes Scholar, Governor of the Northern Province of Sudan and head of Middlle Eastern Development in the British Foreign Office.
  • The Hon Sir Vernon Treatt, KBE (1897–1984; in College 1915-16, 1920, Sub-Warden 1925-29), Rhodes Scholar, NSW Minister for Justice (Liberal Party) [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon Sir Alan Mansfield, KCMG, KCVO, KStJ, CBE (1902-80; in College 1920-23), Chief Justice, Queensland Supreme Court, Governor of Queensland, Chancellor of the University of Queensland. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Donald Cameron, OBE (1900-74; in College 1918-20, 1922-27, Senior Student 1925-27), Federal Minister for Health (Liberal), High Commissioner to New Zealand and in Queensland one of the founders of Meals on Wheels. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Sir Leslie Melville, KBE (1902-2002; in College 1923), Assistant Governor, Commonwealth Bank, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, chairman of the Australian Tariff Board and of the Commonwealth Grants Commission [I.J. Macfarlane, "Sir Leslie Melville: His Contribution to Central Banking in Australia", Reserve Bank of Australia Bulletin, April 2002]
  • Clive Evatt, Commander of the Royal Order of the Phoenix (Greece) (1900-84; in College 1924-26), distinguished barrister, NSW Minister for Education, and later Housing  (Labor Party). [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Ewan Robson, CBE (1906-74; in College 1924-25), Leader of the Opposition, NSW (Liberal Party). [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • Kim Mackay (1902-60; in College 1925-26), founder of the Australian Institute of Political Science, author of Federal Europe (1941), British MP (Labour), founder of the European Union of Federalists 1946, and chair of the European Parliamentary Union 1949. (Australian Dictionary of Biography; K. Gildart, "An Australian Socialist in England: Kim Mackay, the British Left and European Federalism", History Cooperative)
  • The Rt Hon Sir William McMahon, PC, GCMG, CH (1908–88; in College 1927-33), Australian Prime Minister (Liberal Party). [“People of the Liberal Party: Sir William McMahon”, Liberals.Net (www.liberals.net)]
  • The Hon Sir Nigel Bowen, AC, KBE (1911–94; in College 1928-30), Federal Court judge, Australian Foreign Minister (Liberal Party) [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon Geoffrey Lucas, AC (1912-92; in College 1930-32), Queensland Supreme Court judge.
  • Edward St John (1916-94; in College 1934-38), Federal MP (Liberal Party), a leading figure in the International Commission of Jurists, founding member of Australian Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmament and co-founder of the Australian Peace Foundation.  [Wikipedia; E.H. St John, A Time to Speak (1969)]
  • The Hon E. Gough Whitlam, AC (b 1916; in College 1935-42, Senior Student 1941), Australian Prime Minister (Labor Party). [Jenny Hocking, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (2008)]
  • Air Marshall Sir James Rowland, AC, KBE, DFC, AFC (1922-99; in College 1940-41), Governor of New South Wales.  [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
  • John Russell Rowland (1925-96; in College 1942-44), poet and diplomat, ambassador to the Soviet Union and to France and Morocco[Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, John Rowland, 1925–1996: A Memento [1997?]; www.austlit.edu.au]
  • The Hon M.H. (Moss) Cass (b. 1927; in College1945), Federal Minister for Environment and Conservation (Labor Party). He failed to prevent the flooding of Lake Pedder but laid the groundwork for the conservation of Fraser Island and the government protection of the Great Barrier Reef. [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon Jerrold Cripps (b 1933; in College 1950-55), Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court, Judge of the NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Court, and commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. 
  • Julian Beale (b. 1934; in College 1952-53), Opposition spokesman with various portfoliois (Liberal Party).
  • The Hon W.V. Windeyer (b 1936; in College 1954-56), NSW Supreme Court judge.
  • The Hon Terence Cole, AO (b 1937; in College 1955-59), NSW Appeals Court justice, royal commisisoner and deputy judge-advocate, Australian Defence Force.  [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon Sir Robert Kynnersley Woods, Kt, CBE (b 1939; in College 1957), judge of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea.
  • The Hon Lloyd Waddy, AM (b 1939; in College 1958-61), Family Court judge.
  • The Hon Henric Nicholas (b 1941; in College 1958-61), NSW Supreme Court judge.
  • The Hon John Lehane (1941-2001; in College 1960-63), Federal Court judge (and a Fellow)
  • The Hon J Dyson Heydon, AC (b 1943; in College 1960-64, Senior Student 1964), Rhodes Scholar, High Court justice.
  • Nicholas Cowdery, AM (b 1946; in College 1963-66), NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, President of the International Association of Prosecutors. [Wikipedia] 
  • The Hon Andrew Refshauge (b 1949; in College 1968-70), NSW Deputy Premier (Labor Party).
  • The Hon Robert Tickner (b 1951; in College 1970-71), Australian Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Labor Party). [Wikipedia]
  • Peter King (b 1952; in College 1971-75), Rhodes Scholar, barrister, NSW State President of the Liberal Party and Federal MP (Liberal Party). [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon Sandy MacDonald (b 1954; in College 1972-73), Senator for New South Wales (National Party).
  • The Hon David Yates (b 1954; in College 1973-76), Federal Court justice.  [Wikipedia]
  • The Hon John Anderson AO (b. 1956; in College 1975-76), Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party.
  • The Hon Robertson Wright (b. 1955; in College 1978-85), NSW Supreme Court judge and first President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Miles Armitage (b 1964; in College 1982-85; Senior Student 1985), ambassador to East Timor.
  • The Hon Mark Leeming (b 1969; in College 1987-90), NSW Supreme Court judge.