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
Owen, William Francis Langer 1935
Crawford, Thomas Simpson 1935
Evatt, Clive Raleigh 1935
Fuller, Bryan Cecil 1938
Clancy, Brian Patrick 1938
Cassidy, Jack Evelyn 1938
Herron, Leslie James 1939
Newell, F J Kingsley 1940
Treatt, Vernon Haddon 1940
Miller, Eric Stanislaus Joseph 1940
Wallace, Gordon 1940
Barwick, Garfield Edward John 1941
Dwyer, Francis Aloysius 1941
Shand, John Wentworth 1942
Kitto, Frank Walters 1942
Sugerman, Bernard 1943
Taylor, Alan Russell 1943
Badham, Lennard Campbell 1944
Ferguson, Keith Aubrey 1944
Webb, Sydney George 1944
McKell, William John 1945
McClemens, John Henry 1945
Wilson, John Bowie 1946
Lloyd, Alan Stredwick 1946
Rainbow, Alfred Ernest 1946
Dignam, William John 1946
Hardie, Martin Francis 1947
Jenkyn, Norman Alexander 1947
Rooney, Charles Vincent 1948
Holmes, John Dashwood 1948
Stuckey, Geoffrey Philip 1949
Windeyer, (William John) Victor 1949
Myers, Frederick George 1949
Beale, Howard 1950
Kinkead, James John Benedict 1950
Moverley, Arthur John 1950
McLelland, Charles 1950
Isaacs, Simon 1950
Ashburner, Richard 1951
Richardson, Athol Railton 1951
Maguire, Hugh 1951
Smyth, John William 1951
Martin, Clarence Edward 1952
Amsberg, George Frederick 1952
Snelling, Harold Alfred Rush 1952
McIntosh, Noel Desmond 1952
Louat, Frank Rutledge 1952
Clegg, Eric 1952
Macfarlan, Bruce Panton 1952
Asprey, Kenneth William 1952

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.