Step into the Lives of Victoria’s Legal History Makers

Victoria has been home to some of the most influential lawyers, judges and politicians in Australia’s history. Their names may be familiar to you, emblazoned across buildings, newspaper headlines, electoral divisions, and even street signs. But how much do you know about these remarkable people?

Discover more about the lives of these extraordinary figures as the Victorian Bar opens the virtual doors of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery to the public for a guided tour.

Take a sneak peak of some of the interesting people you will get to know on this tour.

The Right Honourable Sir Owen Dixon OM GCMG

Widely considered Australia’s greatest ever jurist, Sir Owen Dixon was the 6th Chief Justice of the High Court, where he served for 35 years.

The Honourable Sir Owen Dixon GCMG S.C by Archibald Colquhoun

Joan Rosanove QC

As the first woman ever to sign the Victorian Bar Roll in 1923, Joan Rosanove QC had a hard time being accepted. Despite the discrimination she faced, she had a very successful career and championed women’s rights.

Joan Rosanove QC by Flora Lion

Sir Douglas Menzies PC KBE KC

Cousin of Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, Sir Douglas Menzies had a strong career of his own. He was appointed to the bench of the High Court in 1958 and, later that same year, was made a Knight of the Order of the British Empire.

The Honourable Sir Douglas Menzies by Archibald Colquhoun

The Honourable Margaret Lusink AM

Daughter of Joanne Rosanove, it would seem that Margaret Lusink was destined for a career in the law, but she didn’t kickstart her career until the age of 38! Despite her late start, she was the first Victorian woman appointed as a judge of a superior court, serving on the Family Court of Australia.

The Honourable Margaret Lusink AM by Dudley Drew

The Honourable Kenneth Hayne AC QC

A modern addition, Kenneth Hayne is a former Justice of the High Court and is well known for his work as Royal Commissioner into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, for which he delivered his report in 2019.

The Honourable Kenneth Hayne AC QC by Bill Henson

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC QC

With an incredibly impressive resume behind her, Marilyn Warren is probably best known for being appointed Chief Justice of Victoria in 2003. She was the first female to be appointed to this role across all Australian states and territories. She remained in this role until her retirement in 2017.

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC QC by Peter Churcher

Zooming in on the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery is on Saturday 23 May at 4.00pm. Click here to reserve your place.