Old Boy - The Honourable Sir Walter Campbell

The Honourable Sir Walter Campbell
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~ Old Boy of St Mary’s ~

Walter Benjamin Campbell was born in Burringbar NSW 4 March 1921.  He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and Governor of Queensland.

He attended St Mary’s College for his early and intermediate education. He attended Downlands College 1937-1939 where he proved to be a model student and sportsman. He impressed his teachers at all levels of his education and was elected College Captain in his final year at Downlands.

He received an open scholarship to the University of Queensland in 1940 where he distinguished himself as a brilliant Law student.  In 1941 Sir Walter had an interruption to his studies to take up service in the Royal Australian Air Force.  He passed his pilot’s examination and was assigned to the 67th Reserve Squadron.  He graduated from University in 1948 with first class honours in Law. 

Walter Campbell’s career led him to the position of a leading Queens Counsel and Queensland Chief Justice.  His practice took him as high in the legal world as the Privy Council in London.   He was Chairman of the Remuneration Tribunal and Academic Salaries Tribunal (Commonwealth) from 1974. He was also President of the Bar Association of Queensland 1965-67, President of the Australian Bar Association 1966-67 and Member of the Executive Law Council of Australia 1965-67. He was Chancellor of the University of Queensland 1977 and a member of the Board of Faculty of Law in the University. He was a Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Deputy Director of the Queensland Theatre Company Trust from 1969.

Walter Campbell was appointed Governor of Queensland 22 July 1985. In his capacity as Governor he proved himself a doyen in the art of public relations, always carrying out his office with geniality and precision.

He enjoyed sport and delighted in fishing whenever the opportunity arrived. He was a member of the Royal Queensland Golf Club and always enjoyed any opportunity to be on the green.

Walter Campbell was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1979.  He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1989 and on the 1st January 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal.

Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell passed away on the 4th September 2004, he was 83 years of age.

Reference: Sunday Mail: December 6 1987, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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