Zooming in on the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery

Some members of the Victorian Bar have reached the highest Australian offices of Prime Minister (Alfred Deakin and Robert Menzies) and Governor General (Isaac Isaacs, Zelman Cowen and Ninian Stephen). Others stayed in legal practice, serving the community as advocates and judges. The Victorian Bar’s portrait collection, housed in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery, features many of these men and women.

Join members of the Bar’s Art & Collection Committee for an introduction to the lives of some of Victoria’s most eminent barristers, told through their portraits and artefacts from the collection. Featured works will include Archibald Colquhoun’s portraits of Sir Owen Dixon and a young Sir Douglas Menzies – both became judges of the High Court of Australia; Martin Tighe’s double portrait of two leading criminal barristers of our age, Robert Richter QC and Philip Dunn QC; and Flora Lion’s portrait of Joan Rosanove QC, Victoria’s first female barrister and later first female QC.

Presented by Victorian Bar

This is a recording of a live Law Week webinar that was held on 23 May 2020.