Charles Powers


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(born 3 March 1853; died 24 April 1939; Justice 1913–29) was a Justice whose substance did not match his distinguished, courteous mien. Appointed the day before Piddington, he demonstrated that it pays to tough it out. He weathered the storm of professional disapproval and achieved modest acceptance.The son of James Powers, wine and spirits merchant, and Mary Ann, Marsden, Powers was educated at Brisbane Grammar School. As a young man, he was a capable cricketer, and once captained a Queensland eleven against an English side. In 1876, Powers was admitted to practice as a solicitor, and worked in that capacity in Bundaberg for six years. In 1878, he married Kate Ann Thorburn, the daughter of a Victorian solicitor. The marriage resulted in eleven children. Three of the sons were to enlist for service in World War I. One attained the rank of lieutenant, but suffered shellshock in France in June 1916 and had to leave the front.


From The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia in Oxford Reference.

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