Stephen, Sir Alfred

1887 signed photograph of the New South Wales, Australia statesman and jurist

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(1802-1894) Australian jurist and statesman, Chief Justice of New South Wales 1845-73. In November 1823 he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, and the following year sailed for Tasmania. He arrived at Hobart on 24 January 1825 and on 9 May was made Solicitor General, and 10 days later, Crown Solicitor. Until August 1825. In 1829 Stephen discovered a fatal error in land titles throughout the Australian colonies, rectified by Royal warrant and issuance of fresh titles in 1830. He was Attorney General 1833-37. On 30 April 1839 he was appointed as acting Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, becoming judge in 1841, and was also a judge of the Administrative Court 1839-44. He published “Introduction to the Practice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales” in 1843 and in 1844 was appointed Acting Chief Justice, his appointment as Chief Justice confirmed in a dispatch from Lord Stanley dated 30 April 1845. He held the position until 1873 and during that period he not only carried out his judicial duties but advised the government on many complicated questions which arose in the legislature. In May 1856 he was appointed President of the Legislative Council and held the position until January 1857. He was able to give the Council the benefit of his experience by framing legislation dealing with land titles, the legal profession, and the administration of justice. He held his seat until November 1858 when judges were precluded from sitting in Parliament. In February 1860 he obtained a year leave of absence and visited Europe. On his return he was principally responsible for a criminal law amendment bill that was first brought before Parliament in 1872, and became law in 1883. He resigned as Chief Justice in 1873, was appointed Lieutenant Governor in 1875, and several times administered the government. He was a member of the Legislative Council for many years from 1875, and from 1880 he was President of the Trustees of the National Gallery. In 1883, with A. Oliver, he published “Criminal Law Manual”, comprising the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1883, and towards the end of his life interested himself in the amending of the law of divorce. He resigned from the Legislative Council in 1891 and lived in retirement. SP, 6 ½ x 4 ¼ right profile bust cabinet photograph by Duryea Studio of Adelaide (which Stephen has crossed though), signed in 1887. Photo has been mounted on 9 ¾ x 5 black line bordered heavy paper with contemporaneous “Who’s Who” biographical information mounted below.

Condition: Very good, slight “chew” at lower left corner of image
Type:Photograph






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