Sir William Foster Stawell, circa 1845. Daguerreotype

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A daguerreotype of Sir William Foster Stawell (1815-1889) who emigrated from Ireland to Melbourne in 1842 and established his legal career in 1843. Stawell became a prominent citizen of Melbourne. He served as Victoria’s first Attorney General from 1851 – 1856 as second Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 1857-1886, a member of the Legislative Council, foundation member of the Council of the University of Melbourne and the second Chancellor of The University from May 1881 – May, 1882. During his distinguished career, Stawell was also engaged in a variety of civic and cultural causes. The town Stawell was named after Sir William Foster Stawell.

The daguerreotype is a gift from the Stawell family.

Australian Dictionary of Biography
Stawell, Sir William Foster (1815–1889)

For more information about how daguerreotypes were produced and other examples held by the University of Melbourne, see
Jason B. Benjamin, A case for photographs, University of Melbourne Collections, Issue 5 (November 2009) pp34-40.

The pin worn was worn by Melbourne Law School graduate and former MLS academic, Robin Sharwood. The pin from approx. 1950 was worn by Robin when he observed cases in session at the Supreme Court of Victoria. MLS students were expected to observe cases as part of their legal education.
The pin is a gift from Robin Sharwood.

Usage Statement: This material is out of copyright. For re-use, please attribute the Law Rare Books Collection, University of Melbourne.


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