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Sir William ABeckett

(1806—1869) judge


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(1806–69), born London, had a career in law and literature before coming to Australia in 1837. He was appointed resident judge of Port Phillip in 1845 and chief justice of the newly created Supreme Court of Victoria in 1852. A'Beckett, who had published a book of verse in England at the age of 18, edited the weekly Literary News in NSW in 1837, published Lectures on the Poets and Poetry of Great Britain in 1839, contributed articles to the Port Phillip Herald under the pseudonym ‘Malwyn’, wrote a poem on Ludwig Leichhardt in that newspaper (later reprinted in Edmund Finn's The Chronicles of Early Melbourne, 1888), and published a long verse narrative, The Earl's Choice, in 1863. He was the great-grandfather of Martin Boyd (see Boyd Family).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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