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Blair Chambers was named in honour of The Honourable Sir James William Blair. Sir James had a distinguished career as a Politician, Lawyer and a Supreme Court Judge. Born in the Ipswich area of Coalfalls he was educated at the Ipswich West State School and later, the Ipswich Grammar School. He was called to the Queensland Bar in March, 1894. 1903 - appointed Attorney General of Queensland. 1904 - Minister for Mines. 1905 - introduced the Worker's Compensation Act 1905 (Qld). Sir James was in private practice for 28 years, and, as counsel, was in great demand in criminal cases. 1922 - accepted an appointment as a Supreme Court Judge in Townsville. 1923 - moved to the Central Queensland bench in Rockhampton. 1925 - appointed Chief Justice of Queensland. 1930 - Sir James was knighted. 1935 - appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George on 3 June. Sir James retired at the age of 70 in 1940. Upon his retirement, he donated his law library to the Law School at the University of Queensland. Sir James was often referred to as ‘Dandy,’ he frequently wore a white gardenia in his buttonhole and a silk handkerchief from his breast pocket. Most of all, he was recognised for the outstanding gifts which took him, a native son of the people, to some of the highest offices in the State, a colourful personality, a gift of ready and apt speech, wit and love of humour, and a kindness of heart and genuine interest in his fellow men.
Sir James William Blair
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Blair Chambers was named in honour of The Honourable Sir James William Blair. Sir James had a distinguished career as a Politician, Lawyer and a Supreme Court Judge. Born in the Ipswich area of Coalfalls he was educated at the Ipswich West State School and later, the Ipswich Grammar School. He was called to the Queensland Bar in March, 1894. 1903 - appointed Attorney General of Queensland. 1904 - Minister for Mines. 1905 - introduced the Worker's Compensation Act 1905 (Qld). Sir James was in private practice for 28 years, and, as counsel, was in great demand in criminal cases. 1922 - accepted an appointment as a Supreme Court Judge in Townsville. 1923 - moved to the Central Queensland bench in Rockhampton. 1925 - appointed Chief Justice of Queensland. 1930 - Sir James was knighted. 1935 - appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George on 3 June. Sir James retired at the age of 70 in 1940. Upon his retirement, he donated his law library to the Law School at the University of Queensland. Sir James was often referred to as ‘Dandy,’ he frequently wore a white gardenia in his buttonhole and a silk handkerchief from his breast pocket. Most of all, he was recognised for the outstanding gifts which took him, a native son of the people, to some of the highest offices in the State, a colourful personality, a gift of ready and apt speech, wit and love of humour, and a kindness of heart and genuine interest in his fellow men.
Sir James William Blair
BLAIR
CHAMBERS
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BLAIR
CHAMBERS
BLAIR
CHAMBERS