Stawell, William Foster, (Sir) (1815-1889)

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Stawell, William Foster
Stawell, William Foster (1815-1889)
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Science patron; Member of Parliament; Judge; Chief Justice; Lawyers; Chancellors
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Sir William Foster Stawell (1815-1889), chief justice, was born on 27 June 1815 at Old Court, Mallow Parish, County Cork, Ireland, second son of ten children of Jonas Stawell (pronounced `Stowell'), barrister...

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Sir William Stawell was Chief Justice of Victoria and president, Philosophical Institute of Victoria, 1858 (which later became the Royal Society of Victoria).

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It is with extreme regret that we have to announce that news was received yesterday of the death, at Naples, of the Lieutenant Governor and ex Chief Justice, Sir William Foster Stawell. To those who...

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Sir William Forster Stawell was born on 27 June 1815 in Ireland. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, with honours in classics, and read law at King's Inns, Dublin and Lincoln's Inn, London. He was called to the Bar in England and Ireland in 1839. After practising in Dublin, he decided to migrate in 1842. Boarding the Sarah, bound for Port Phillip, he arrived on the Ist December 1842, and after initially engaging in squatting, he was admitted to the Port Phillip District Bar in early 1843. He built a considerable practice in both civil and criminal cases. He was an advocate of the separation from New South Wales and when Victoria became separate in 1851 Lieut-Govenor La Trobe nominated him a Crown member in the first Victorian Legislative Council and attorney-general. There he did much work setting up the machinery of government in the new colony. In 1859 he became Chief Justice and consequently played an important part in extablishing the Supreme Court. In 1873 he returned to England and Ireland where his sons were educated. He was warmly received and Trinity College conferred on him honorary M.A. and LL.D. degrees. In 1874 he was recalled to Victoria to become acting governor the following year. He was Chancellor of Melbourne University 1881-1882 and was created K.C.M.G in September 1886. He died on 12 March 1889 at Naples.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Stawell, William Foster
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Stawell, Sir William Foster (1815-1889)
    Francis, Charles
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6, 174-177
  3. Science and the making of Victoria
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

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  1. The Political sentiments of Mr. W.F. Stawell, attorney-general : keep him as one of your five : poll-- Tuesday, 23rd September, 1856, from nine till four
    Stawell, William Foster, Sir, 1815-1889
    [ Book : 1856 ]
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  2. William Stawell : portrait sitter file
    Stawell, William Foster
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  3. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the present condition of the Aborigines of this colony : and to advise as to the best means of caring for, and dealing with them, in the future, together with minutes of evidence and appendices / ...
    Victoria. Royal Commission on the Aborigines
    [ Article, Government publication, Book : 1877 ]
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  4. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the present condition of the Aborigines of this colony : and advise as to the best means of caring for, and dealing with them, in the future, together with minutes of evidence and appendices / Roy ...
    Victoria. Royal Commission on the Aborigines
    [ Government publication, Microform, Article : 1996 ]
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  5. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the present condition of the aborigines of this colony [microform] : and advise as to the best means of caring for, and dealing with them, in the future, together with minutes of evidence and appe ...
    Stawell, William Foster, Sir, 1815-1889
    [ Article : 1877 ]
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  6. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the present conditions of the Aborigines of this colony, and to advise as to the best means of caring for, and dealing with them in the future : together with Minutes of Evidence and Appendices
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  7. The Judicature Act, 1883 : rules of the Supreme Court, 1884
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  8. Address presented by the Trustees to his Excellency Major-General Macarthur, acting governor, at the opening of the library, 11 February 1856
    Barry, Redmond; Stawell, William Foster; Palmer, James Frederick; Childers, Hugh Culling Eardley; McArthur, David Charteris
    The La Trobe Journal
    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  1. The Political sentiments of Mr. W.F. Stawell, attorney-general : keep him as one of your five : poll-- Tuesday, 23rd September, 1856, from nine till four
    Stawell, William Foster, Sir, 1815-1889
    [ Book : 1856 ]
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  2. Sir William Foster Stawell
    Young, John McI
    [ Book : 1989 ]
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  3. [Portrait of William F. Stawell] from a photograph by Batchelder and O'Neill; Hamel and Co. lith
    Hamel & Co
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  4. W.F. Stawell / L. Becker 1856
    Becker, Ludwig, 1808?-1861
    [ Art work : 1856 ]
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  5. SIR WILLIAM FOSTER STAWELL
    Calvert, Samuel, 1828-1913
    [ Art work : 1863 ]
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  6. Sir William Foster Stawell, LL.D. : Chief Justice of Victoria
    [ Book : 1874 ]
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  7. His Excellency Sir W. F. Stawell
    [ Art work : 1875 ]
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  8. Sir William Foster Stawell, Chief Justice, ca. 1870-1876 / photographer, T. F. Chuck, Melbourne
    Chuck, Thomas Foster, d. 1898
    [ Photograph : 1876 ]
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    Sir William Foster Stawell, Chief Justice, ca. 1870-1876 / photographer, T. F. Chuck, Melbourne
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  9. THE LATE SIR W. F. STAWELL.-From a photograph by Foster and Martin
    Foster & Martin
    [ Art work : 1889 ]
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    THE LATE SIR W. F. STAWELL.-From a photograph by Foster and Martin
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  10. [Sir William Foster Stawell]
    Batchelder & O'Neill
    [ Photograph : 1867 ]
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    THE LATE SIR W. F. STAWELL.-From a photograph by Foster and Martin
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  4. William Foster Stawell and the making of Victoria's constitution
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  1. Pastoral Pioneers WILLIAM FOSTER STAWELL
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 3 November 1934 p 37 Article Illustrated
    ... he died at Naples in 1889. ... Pastoral Pioneers By R.V.B. and A.S.K. WILLIAM FOSTER STAWELL WILLIAM FOSTER STAWELL arrived in ... 471 words
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    Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 30 September 1876 p 13 Article Illustrated
    ... second son of Jonas Stawell, Esq., of Old Court, in the county of Cork, Ireland, was born in 1815. After ... Sir William F. Stawell SIR W. F. Stawell has occupied for nearly twenty years the highest position ... 1233 words
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  3. STAWELL.
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 14 May 1938 p 24 Article
    ... stawell. Tho estate Of the late Sir, William Anthony was ol/crcil at. Auction on Thursday, and wua ... . Foster and A. J. Morton; treasurer, Mr. J. 13, Williams; sccroiary, Mr. A. O, Hewitt. ling was acceded to ... 1521 words
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