Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred

Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred

Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred, 1855-1948, Australian jurist and political leader. He sat in the colonial legislature (1892-1901), became solicitor general (1893), and served as attorney general (1894-99, 1900-1901). He was a framer of the commonwealth constitution and sat in the dominion Parliament (1901-6), becoming attorney general in 1905. He was for many years (1906-30) a high court justice and sat as chief justice (1930-31). His appointment (1931) as governor-general was the first made by the British crown directly on the advice of a dominion ministry. The first native-born Australian to hold that office, he served until 1936.
This is a list of Justices of the High Court of Australia by time in office. The list is inclusive of dates of appointment and the date on which the Justice resigned, retired or died. The list is current to 30 September 2008.

Rank by
term
length
Name Term of office Days in
office
1 Sir Edward Aloysius McTiernan 20 December 1930 - 12 September 1976 16,704
2 Sir George Edward Rich 5 April 1913 - 5 May 1950 13,545
3 Sir Owen Dixon* 4 February 1929 - 13 April 1964 12,852+
4 Sir Hayden Erskine Starke 5 February 1920 - 31 January 1950 10,954
5 Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs* 12 October 1906 - 21 January 1931 8,868+
6 Sir Anthony Frank Mason* 7 August 1972 - 20 April 1995 8,292+
7 Sir Frank Gavan Duffy* 11 February 1913 - 1 October 1935 8,268+
8 Henry Bournes Higgins 20 December 1906 - 13 January 1929 8,109
9 Sir Frank Walters Kitto 10 May 1950 - 1 August 1970 7,283
10 Sir Dudley Williams 15 October 1940 - 31 July 1958 6,711
11 Sir Francis Gerard Brennan* 12 February 1981 - 21 May 1998 6,308+
12 Sir Alan Russell Taylor 3 September 1952 - 3 August 1969 6,306
13 Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick* 27 April 1964 - 11 February 1981 6,134
14 Michael Hudson McHugh 14 February 1989 - 1 November 2005 6,105
15 Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs* 4 August 1970 - 5 February 1987 6,030+
16 Sir John Latham* 11 October 1935 - 7 April 1952 6,024
17 Sir Charles Powers 5 March 1913 - 22 July 1929 5,984
18 Sir Douglas Ian Menzies 12 June 1958 - 29 November 1974 5,975
19 Sir Edmund Barton 5 October 1903 - 7 January 1920 5,939
20 Sir Samuel Walter Griffith* 5 October 1903 - 17 October 1919 5,877
21 Mary Genevieve Gaudron 6 February 1987 - 31 January 2003 5,839
22 Sir Daryl Dawson 30 July 1982 - 15 August 1997 5,553
23 Sir William John Victor Windeyer 8 September 1958 - 29 February 1972 4,923
24 William Montague Charles Gummow 21 April 1995 - 4,912
25 Sir William Patrick Deane 25 June 1982 - 11 November 1995 4,888
26 Michael Donald Kirby 6 February 1996 - 4,621
27 Sir William Flood Webb 16 May 1946 - 16 May 1958 4,384
28 Lionel Keith Murphy 10 February 1975 - 21 October 1986 4,272
29 Sir Wilfred Kelsham Fullagar 8 February 1950 - 9 July 1961 4,167
30 Kenneth Madison Hayne 22 September 1997 - 4,117
31 John Leslie Toohey 6 February 1987 - 2 February 1998 4,015
32 Sir William Francis Langer Owen 22 September 1961 - 31 March 1972 3,844
33 Sir Adrian Knox* 18 October 1919 - 31 March 1930 3,817
34 Anthony Murray Gleeson* 22 May 1998 - 29 August 2008 3,753
35 Sir Ninian Martin Stephen 1 March 1972 - 11 May 1982 3,724
36 Sir Ronald Darling Wilson 21 May 1979 - 13 February 1989 3,557
37 Ian David Francis Callinan 3 February 1998 - 31 August 2007 3,497
38 Herbert Vere Evatt 19 December 1930 - 2 September 1940 3,421
39 Richard Edward O'Connor 5 October 1903 - 18 November 1912 3,033
40 John Dyson Heydon 1 February 2003 - 2,069
41 Sir Kenneth Sydney Jacobs 8 February 1974 - 6 April 1979 1,884
42 Sir Keith Arthur Aickin 20 September 1976 - 18 June 1982 1,768
43 Sir Cyril Ambrose Walsh 20 September 1969 - 29 November 1973 1,532
44 Susan Maree Crennan 1 November 2005 - 1,065
45 Susan Mary Kiefel 4 September 2007 - 383
46 Albert Bathurst Piddington^ 6 March 1913 - 5 April 1913 31
47 Robert Shenton French 1 September 2008 - 30

* Chief Justice
+ Terms as Puisne Justice and Chief Justice combined
^ Albert Piddington received a commission but resigned it before ever serving on the Court

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