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Life members of the Bar Association
Life Members are appointed for 'exceptional service to the Bar Association or to the profession of the law'. Find Out More >>
Name Bar Council resolution date Position at the time of appointment
L F Osborne* 17 December 1970 retired registrar of the Bar Association
The Rt Hon. Sir Garfield Barwick Kt GCMG * 24 February 1972 chief justice of Australia
The Hon. Sir Kenneth Manning Kt* 24 February 1972 NSW Court of Appeal judge
The Hon. Sir John Kerr KCMG * 22 August 1974 governor-general of Australia
The Rt Hon. Sir Edward McTiernan KBE* 16 December 1976 High Court judge
The Rt Hon. Sir Victor Windeyer KBE CB DSO ED* 16 December 1976 High Court judge
The Rt Hon. Sir Frank Kitto KBE* 16 December 1976 High Court judge
B J F Wright MBE QC* 3 March 1977 former barrister
The Hon. Sir Kenneth Jacobs KBE 19 July 1979 High Court judge
Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO KStJ CMG 28 June 1979 governor-general of Australia
The RT Hon. Sir Harry Gibbs GCMG KBE* 28 October 1982 chief justice of Australia
The Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan KBE 26 May 1983 High Court Judge
C R Evatt QC* 30 August 1984 former barrister
J Baldock 29 August 1985 former barrister
Capt W F Cook LVO RAN* 6 March 1986 retired registrar of the Bar Association
Jean Mullin OBE 11 May 1989 former barrister
Joyce Schewcroft OBE * 13 August 1992 former barrister
Capt T R Duchesne RAN 13 August 1992 retired registrar of the Bar Association
The Hon. Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG KStJ 30 March 1995 former chief justice of NSW
The Hon. Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE 25 May 1995 High Court judge
Sir Maurice Byers Kt CBE QC* 2 July 1998 former president (Nov 1965 - Nov 1967)
P M Woodward QC* 1 February 1996 former president (Dec 1969 - Oct 1971)
The Hon. Justice G J Samuels AC* 1 February 1996 former president (Oct 1971 - Nov 1972)
The Hon G D Needham QC* 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1972 - Dec 1972)
The Hon. TEF Hughes AO QC 1 February 1996 former president (Sept 1973 - Dec 1975)
The Hon. Justice T R Morling 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1977 - Dec 1979)
The Hon. Justice R P Meagher* 1 February 1996 former president (Dec 1979 - Nov 1981)
The Hon. Justice M H McHugh AC 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1981 - Dec 1983)
The Hon. Justice A M Gleeson AC 1 February 1996 former president (Dec 1983 - Dec 1985)
R V Gyles QC 1 February 1996 former president (Dec 1985 - Nov 1987)
The Hon. Justice K R Handley AO 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1987 - Nov 1989)
The Hon. B S J O'Keefe AM QC 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1989 - Dec 1991)
J S Coombs QC* 1 February 1996 former president (Dec 1991 - Nov 1993)
M H Tobias QC 1 February 1996 former president (Nov 1993 - Nov 1995)
Janet V Coombs AM 7 May 1998 former barrister
The Hon. Justice J J Spigelman AC 18 June 1998 chief justice of NSW
C A Porter QC 15 June 2000 former barrister
R W R Parker QC* 16 August 2001 former barrister
D M Bennett AO QC 3 October 2001 former president (Nov 1995 - Dec 1997)
I M Barker QC 3 October 2001 former president (Dec 1997 - Nov 1999)
R S McColl SC 15 November 2001 former president (Nov 1999 - Nov 2001)
Dr J M Bennett 11 April 2002 legal historian
F S McAlary QC 27 February 2002 former barrister
B W Walker SC 4 December 2003 former president (Nov 2001 - Nov 2003 )
The Hon. M Gaudron QC 24 January 2005 former High Court judge
I G Harrison SC 24 November 2005 former president (Nov 2003 - Nov 2005)
P H Greenwood SC 14 June 2007 barrister
The Hon. Justice I D F Callinan AC 13 July 2007 High Court judge
M J Slattery QC 29 November 2007 former president (Nov 2005 - Nov 2007 )
Alexander Shand QC* 25 September 2008 former barrister
The Hon J H Wootten AC QC 27 November 2008 former judge
The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG 2 February 2009 High Court judge
Anna Katzmann SC 26 November 2009 former president (Nov 2007 - Nov 2009)
The Hon R J Ellicott QC 10 February 2011 barrister, former attorney-general, solicitor general & judge
Paul Daley 7 April 2011 barristers' clerk
Tom Bathurst QC 26 May 2011 former president (Nov 2009-May2011)
The Hon J H Mathews AO 27 October 2011 former judge
The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC 11 October 2012 former judge
The Hon Justice Anthony Meagher 11 October 2012 judge
B A Coles QC 25 February 2013 former president (June 2011-December 2012)
The Hon Margaret Beazley AO 24 October 2013 judge
The Hon James Allsop AO 24 October 2013 judge
The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC 27 March 2014 judge
* denotes deceased