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William Forster Park

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Name William Forster Park
Type Designation Urban Park
Place Id 24658
Place Type Park or Cemetery
Status Registered
Date Registered 11 December 2014
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -12° 21' S (Decimal degrees -12.36222)
Longitude: 130° 53' E (Decimal degrees 130.895241)
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Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Darwin City Council
History/Origin Sir William Edward Stanley Forster was appointed Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 1971. In 1977 the Court had expanded to four judges, with Sir William was appointed the first (and only) Chief Judge of the Supreme Court. On 1 October 1979, following self-government in 1978, the Supreme Court was reconstituted and Sir William was appointed the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. He held that position until his retirement in 1985. Sir William was awarded a Knight Bachelor in 1982 for services to law and is the only person to be knighted for services to the Northern Territory. He was also the President of the Northern Territory Red Cross Division (1973-1985), Chairman of the Northern Territory Parole Board (1976-1985), held a Dormant Commission as Acting Administrator for the Northern Territory (1976-1985) and was also a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia (1977-1989).

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
11/12/2014 Date added to Register
17/12/2014 NTG G50
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