Opinion Authors

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.

Authors Position Years active Sort descending
FULLAGAR Wilfred Kelsham Private counsel
DRAKE James George Attorney-General 24 September 1903 – 27 April 1904
BEASLEY John Albert Acting Attorney-General For periods during 1942–1945
GARRAN Robert Randolph Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department / Solicitor-General 1 January 1901 ‒ 9 February 1932 / 1 September 1916 ‒ 9 February 1932
DEAKIN Alfred First Attorney-General 1 January 1901 – 24 September 1903
KNOWLES George Shaw Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department and Solicitor‑General 10 February 1932 ‒ 8 May 1946
GROOM Littleton Ernest Attorney-General 12 October 1906 ‒ 13 November 1908; 21 December 1921 ‒ 18 December 1925
MENZIES Robert Gordon Attorney-General 12 October 1934 ‒ 20 March 1939
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.
FISHER Andrew Prime Minister 13 November 1908 – 2 June 1909; 29 April 1910 – 24 June 1913; 17 September 1914 – 27 October 1915