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Biographical entry Stawell, William Foster (1815 - 1889)

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Born
27 June 1815
Old Court, County Cork, Ireland
Died
12 March 1889
Naples, Italy
Occupation
Science patron, Member of Parliament and Judge

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Sir William Stawell was Chief Justice of Victoria from 1857 to 1886, having earlier been a member of parliament, and Attorney-General for the Victorian Government from 1851 to 1857. In that role he did much of the work in setting up Victoria's administration, public service and governmental machinery, including the court system and the drafting of the Constitution Bill of 1854. He took an active part in the intellectual life of the colony, being a foundation member of the University of Melbourne Council, President of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria, and Chairman of the Exploration Committee which organised the Victorian Exploring Expedition.

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1837
Education - BA, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
1839
Career event - Called to the Bar in England and Ireland
1842
Life event - Migrated to Victoria
1843
Career event - Admitted to the Victorian Bar
1843 - 1851
Career event - In private practice in Victoria
1851 - 1856
Career position - Official Member of the Legislative Council of Victoria
1851 - 1857
Career position - Attorney-General, Government of Victoria
1853 - 1889?
Career position - Foundation Member of Council, University of Melbourne
1854 - 1855
Career position - Member, Philosophical Society of Victoria
1855 - 1859
Career position - Member, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1857 - 1886
Career position - Chief Justice of Victoria
1858 - 1859
Career position - President, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1860 - 1889?
Career position - Member, Royal Society of Victoria
1874
Award - Honorary MA and LLB, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
1886
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
1886
Life event - Retired

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Stawell, William Portrait
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Helen Morgan and Helen Cohn