Who is he, when and where did he live?
What have they done that impacted Australia
Sir William Patrick Deane, was born on the 4th January 1931, he was an Australian judge and the 22nd Governor-General of Australia. *
William Deane was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated at Catholic schools including St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill and at the University of Sydney, where he graduated in arts and law. He also attended the Hague Academy of International Law. After graduation he worked in the federal Attorney-General's Department in Canberra and at the law firm Minter Simpson that became Minter Ellison. He also travelled to Europe to study international law. He was called to the Sydney Bar in 1957 and also lectured in law at university. During this time Deane was active in the Catholic community and was interested in politics. In 1955 he was briefly a member of the Democratic Labor Party, a predominantly Catholic and anti-Communist breakaway from the Australian Labor Party. He soon became disillusioned with the party and played no further part in active politics, but he was strongly influenced by progressive Catholic doctrines of social justice and opposition to racial discrimination. In 1977 Deane was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and, in the same year, he was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia and as President of the Australian Trade Practices Tribunal. In June 1982 he was appointed to the High Court of Australia, replacing Sir Ninian Stephen on his appointment as Governor-General. He was knighted in August 1982. On the court he formed part of the majority who recognised native title in the landmark Mabo case of 1992. In August 1995, the Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating, announced that the Queen of Australia had agreed to the appointment of Deane as Governor-General to succeed Bill Hayden. He retired from the High Court in November and was sworn in as Governor-General on 16 February 1996. Less than a...
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