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The Rt Hon Sir Owen Dixon OM GCMG

 

Sir Owen Dixon OM, GCMG, served as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia for 12 years, after having been a Justice of the Court since 1929. He is considered one of Australia’s finest jurists.

He was born in 1886 and died in 1972. After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree, he was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1910, and appointed a King’s Counsel (KC) in 1922. He was appointed an acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1926. His term as a Justice of the High Court was from 4 February 1929 to 17 April 1952. He was then Chief Justice from 18 April 1952 to 13 April 1964.

During World War II, Justice Dixon accepted several Commonwealth government appointments, including chair of several wartime committees. He took leave from the High Court to serve as Australian Minister to Washington (1942-44), and he was appointed a United Nations mediator in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan in 1950.

He was appointed a Knight Commander (KCMG) in 1941, a Privy Counsellor (PC) in 1951, the Grand Cross of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in 1954, and an Order of Merit (OM) in 1963.

   

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