Sir Edward Woodward AC OBE QC


The Honourable Sir Edward Woodward AC OBE QC (6 August 1928 – 15 April 2010). An Australian jurist. Woodward was born in Ballarat to Eric Woodward (later as Lieutenant General Sir Eric Woodward, a Governor of NSW and formerly Deputy CDF during WWII) and Amy Freame Weller. After completing both his primary and secondary education at Melbourne Grammar School, Woodward continued his studies at the University of Melbourne, where he graduated with a Master of Laws. He was admitted to the bar in 1951 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1965. During his career, he sat on several boards and 17 Royal Commissions, on four of which he was the Chairman. The most famous of these was the Aboriginal Land Rights Commission in 1973–74. He was President of the Trade Practices Tribunal 1974–76 and a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia 1977–90. He held Commissions as a Supreme Court Justice in the ACT and NT. As Director-General of Security between 1976 and 1981, he headed the ASIO. In 1990 he succeeded Sir Roy Douglas Wright as Chancellor of his alma mater, the University of Melbourne, a post he held until 2001. He died aged 81 years. Shane Stone served as his Associate 1980-1981. The following obituary was published in the NT News.

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