NSW Senior Counsel Appointments

Prior to 1993 silks were referred to as QC or KC (KC from 1901-1952) depending on the reigning sovereign – they commenced being referred to as SC on and from 1993. Please note that formal titles and/or post nominals that may have been held by an individual on their appointment as a silk have been omitted.

Note: An individual is not listed here if it is know he/she was appointed silk in another jurisdiction prior to taking silk status in NSW where this is known.

Name Date of appointment External links
Plunkett, John Hubert 6 June 1856
Manning, William Montagu 23 May 1857
Darvall, John Bayley 16 September 1857
Martin, James 12 November 1857
Broadhurst, Edward 17 August 1858
Lutwyche , Alfred James Peter 10 December 1858
Hargrave, John Fletcher 7 August 1863
Butler, Edward 19 November 1873
Dalley, William Bede 19 March 1877
Stephen, Matthew Henry 2 April 1879
Darley, Frederick Matthew 2 April 1879
Salomons, Julian Emanuel 18 February 1881
Gordon, Alexander 29 August 1882
Owen, William 29 August 1882
Wisdom, Robert 6 April 1886
Foster, William John 6 December 1886
Simpson, George Bowen 6 December 1886
Rogers, Francis Edward 13 December 1887
Pilcher, Charles Edward 13 December 1887
Want, John Henry 13 December 1887
Wrenfordsley, Henry Thomas 21 February 1889
Barton, Edmund 19 March 1889
Donovan, John Joseph 23 October 1894
Simpson, Archibald Henry 18 November 1896
Walker, William Gregory 18 November 1896
Heydon, Charles Gilbert 18 November 1896
O’Connor, Richard Edward 18 November 1896
Reid, George Houstoun 1 November 1898
Wise, Bernhard Ringrose 1898
Armstrong, John 1901
Sly, Richard Meares 1904
Smith, Bruce 1904
Gordon, Alexander 1904
Cullen, William Portus 1905
Wade, Charles Gregory 1905
Stephen, Cecil Bedford 1906
Ralston, Alexander Gerard 1906
Knox, Adrian 1906
Shand, Alexander Barclay 1906
Owen, Langer Meade Loftus 1906
Lamb, S Ernest 1910
Campbell, James Lang 1910
Gannon, James Conley 1910
Garland, John 1910
Loxton, Edward James 1910
Canaway, Arthur Pitcairn 1911
Rich, George Edward 1911
Leverrier, Francis Hewitt 1911
Rolin, Tom 1912
Blacket, Wilfred 1912

Note for interest

William Charles Wentworth, admitted in 1824 with Robert Wardell as foundation barristers in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, was accorded the distinction of wearing a silk gown in February 1835 – the first in private practice to be so recognised (Sydney Gazette, 12 February 1835). That was a ‘patent of precedence’ but did not entitle him to use the term ‘King’s Counsel’. Senior law officers customarily wore silk gowns in court in the early decades of the Supreme Court.

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