Legal Opinions Author Biographies

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The Legal Opinions were authored by Attorneys-General, Solicitors-General and officers in the Attorney-General’s Department and/or by private counsel. Click on an author's name to view their biography and see the list of opinions they contributed to the printed volumes. Biographical notes published in the third volume were prepared by Carmel Meiklejohn. She is compiling more comprehensive biographical profiles of all authors in the three printed volumes and these will be progressively added to the site.

Author Positionsort icon Years active
BRENNAN Thomas Cornelius Acting Attorney-General For periods during 1935–1936
MAHON Hugh Acting Attorney-General During 1916
BEASLEY John Albert Acting Attorney-General For periods during 1942–1945
BONIWELL Martin Charles Assistant Secretary and Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman / Parliamentary Draftsman 1932–1939 / 1946–1949
IRVINE William Hill Attorney-General 24 June 1913 – 17 September 1914
HUGHES William Morris Attorney-General 13 November 1908 ‒ 2 June 1909; 29 April 1910 ‒ 24 June 1913; 17 September 1914 ‒ 21 December 1921; 20 March 1939 ‒ 7 October 1941.
GROOM Littleton Ernest Attorney-General 12 October 1906 ‒ 13 November 1908; 21 December 1921 ‒ 18 December 1925
DRAKE James George Attorney-General 24 September 1903 – 27 April 1904
HIGGINS Henry Bournes Attorney-General 27 April 1904 – 17 August 1904
SYMON Josiah Henry Attorney-General 18 August 1904 – 5 July 1905
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