​History of the Department

     

    Timeline

    The Department of Justice timeline [PDF, 126kb] shows key milestones in the history of the department, beginning with the New South Wales Act 1823, which reorganised the legal system of colonial NSW under an Attorney General. 

     

    Attorneys General from 1823 - present

    ​2017 - 

    ​The Hon. Mark Speakman 

    ​2015 - 2017

    ​The Hon. Gabrielle Upton

    2014 - 2015

    The Hon. Brad Hazzard

    2011 - 2014

    Mr Gregory (Greg) Eugene Smith

    2007 - 2011

    The Hon. John Hatzistergos

    2000 - 2007

    The Hon. Robert (Bob) John Debus

    1995 - 2000

    The Hon. Jeffrey (Jeff) William Shaw

    1992 - 1995

    The Hon. John Planta Hannaford

    1991 - 1992

    The Hon. Peter Edward James Collins

    1988 - 1991

    The Hon. John Robert Arthur Dowd

    1987 - 1988

    The Hon. Ronald (Ron) Joseph Mulock

    1984 - 1987

    The Hon. Terence (Terry) William Sheahan

    1984

    The Hon. Neville Kenneth Wran

    1983 - 1984

    The Hon. David Paul Landa

    1976 - 1983

    The Hon. Francis (Frank) John Walker

    1975 - 1976

    The Hon. John Clarkson Maddison

    1965 - 1975

    Sir Kenneth Malcolm McCaw

    1956 - 1965

    The Hon. Robert Reginald Downing

    1953 - 1956

    The Hon. William Francis Sheahan

    1941 - 1953

    Major Clarence (Clarrie) Edward Martin

    1932 - 1941

    Sir Henry Edward Manning

    1932

    Sir Daniel Levy

    1931 - 1932

    Mr Joseph Lamaro

    1927 - 1930

    Mr Francis Stewart Boyce

    1927, 1930 - 1931

    Mr Andrew Augustus Lysaght

    1921 - 1925

    Sir Thomas Rainsford Bavin

    1920 - 1922, 1925 - 1927

    Sir Edward Aloysius McTiernan

    1919 - 1920

    The Hon. John Garland

    1912 - 1913 (acting),
    1914 - 1919

    The Hon. David Robert Hall

    1910 - 1914

    Mr William Arthur Holman

    1904 - 1910

    Sir Charles Gregory Wade

    1904

    The Hon. James Conley Gannon

    1899

    Sir George Houston Reid

    1893 - 1894

    The Hon. Charles Gilbert Heydon

    1889, 1891 - 1893

    Sir Edmund Barton

    1887 - 1888, 1899 - 1904

    Mr Bernhard Ringrose Wise

    1885 - 1886, 1888 - 1889,
    1889 - 1891, 1894

    Mr George Bowen Simpson

    1885, 1886 - 1887,
    1894 - 1898, 1898 - 1899

    Mr John Henry Want

    1879 - 1883

    Sir Robert Wisdom

    1877- 1878, 1887

    Mr William John Foster

    1877, 1878 - 1879

    Sir William Charles Windeyer

    1875 - 1877, 1877,
    1883 - 1885

    Mr William Bede Dalley

    1873 - 1875

    Sir Joseph George Long Innes

    1872 - 1873

    Mr Edward Butler

    1836 - 1856, 1865 - 1866

    Mr John Hubert Plunkett

    1860 - 1863

    Mr John Fletcher Hargrave

    1859 - 1860

    Mr Edward Wise

    1859

    Mr Lyttelton Holyoake Bayley

    1858 - 1859

    Mr Alfred James Peter Lutwyche

    1857, 1863, 1865

    Sir John Bayley Darvall

    1856, 1857 - 1858,
    1863 - 1865, 1866 - 1868,
    1870 -1872

    Sir James Martin

    1856 - 1857, 1860,
    1868 - 1870

    Sir William Montagu Manning

    1841 - 1843 (acting)

    Sir Roger Therry

    1836 - 1856, 1865 - 1866

    Mr John Hubert Plunkett

    1831 - 1836

    Mr John Kinchela

    1826 - 1831

    Mr Alexander Macduff Baxter

    1826

    Mr William Henry Moore

    1823 - 1826

    Mr Saxe Bannister

     

    Heads of the Attorney General's Department

    (following the Department's amalgamation with the Department of Justice in 1901)

    2014 -Andrew Cappie-Wood
    1991 - 2014Laurence Geoffrey (Laurie) Glanfield, AM
    1978 - 1991Trevor William Haines, AO
    1965 - 1978Leslie Kenneth Downs
    1956 - 1964Simpson Wallace Ramsay
    1945 - 1956Roy Walter Strong Kelly
    1936 - 1945Melville Charles Nott
    1933 - 1935William Butler Geddes
    1924 - 1933William James Kessell
    1921 - 1924David Ross Jamieson
    1919 - 1921George Whitfield (also Acting 1916 - 1919)
    1905 - 1919James Leslie Williams
    1901 - 1904George Miller

     

    Undersecretaries Attorney General's Department 1875 - 1901

    1896 - 1901Hugh Pollock
    1880 - 1896William Wilberforce Stephen
    1878 - 1880George Houston Reid
    1875 - 1878Alexander Greville

     

    Undersecretaries Department of Justice 1873 - 1901

    1896 - 1901George Miller
    1887 - 1896Archibald Colquhoun Fraser
    1873 - 1887William Edmond Plunkett

     

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