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His Honour the Chief Justice was granted six months' leave of absence from 21st November, and the Senior Puisne Judge, Mr. Justice Real, was appointed Acting Chief Justice during that period.
In June, Mr. Justice Power applied for six months' leave of absence as from 20th June, prior to his retirement from the Bench on 20th December. Mr. Justice Power was appointed to the Bench in 1895, and took his seat at Rockhampton as the first Central Judge. Although the volume of work in the Central Court has not been great, many decisions of great interest and importance have been pronounced by His Honour, and his services have constantly been availed of on the Full Court Bench. His never-failing geniality and courtesy endeared him to practitioners, and it is a matter for regret that ill-health compelled his comparatively early retirement.
On 12th July, Lionel Oscar Lukin, Esq., Barrister-atLaw, was appointed to act temporarily as a Judge of the Supreme Court, and in place of Mr. Justice Power as Central Judge. Mr. Justice Lukin was born at Condamine, Queensland, in January, 1868, and is the first Queenslander to be appointed a Supreme Court Judge. He was educated at a private school in Roma, and subsequently at the Brisbane Grammar School. In February, 1884, he entered the Government service at Gympie, and three years later was transferred to Charters Towers, where he held the office of Assistant Mining Registrar. In December, 1887, he resigned from the service and began to study for the Bar. He was admitted on 4th March, 1890. His success was immediate and always progressive. At the time of his
appointment he was in the enjoyment of a very large and lucrative practice, and certain of a retainer in any case of importance. Twenty years of constant work at the Bar have given Mr. Justice Lukin a wide knowledge of law and practice, and with a tremendous capacity for work and a habit of thoroughness in every detail, the new Judge will add strength to our Supreme Court Bench. Certain it is that his warm-heartedness and keen sense of humour will make his Court a popular one amongst practitioners.
On 6th July, Mr. District Court Judge Miller died after a protracted illness. The late Mr. District Court Judge Granville George Miller was born in London in 1817, his father being a well known member of the English and Irish bars, Sergeant Robert Miller. After attending one of the great public schools, he proceeded to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he obtained his B.A. degree in 1874. He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1876. In a few months he came to Queensland, where he was admitted to the bar on 4th December, 1877. His first official position in this State was that of Master of Titles, which he held from 1879 to 1882. Thereafter for a short period before his elevation to the bench, the late judge discharged the duties of acting ('rown Prosecutor in the Supreme Court. He was acting District Court Judge for the Northern district, in the absence of Judge Hely, and after Judge Blake died, he was appointed a Judge of District Courts on 8th November, 1882. He has held office continuously since that date, and frequently he was commissioned to act as a judge of the Supreme Court at Normanton and other places throughout the State, and since the death of Judge Mansfield he had presided over the Land Appeal Court.
On 12th July, Charles Jameson, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, was appointed a Judge of District Courts as from 11th June. Mr. Jameson was born in Scotland on 15th December, 1852. Shortly after his arrival in Queensland, he was called to the bar, the date of his admission being 6th February, 1883. His first official position was that of Secretary to the Crown Law Office, an appointment which he held from 12th April, 1886, until 19th March, 1889. He also discharged the duties of law officer under the Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks Acts, from 11th June, 1888, until 22nd January, 1890. Mr. Jameson was appointed Crown Prosecutor of the Northern Supreme Court on 1st January, 1892, and he held that position until his acceptance of an appointment to the District Court Bench. He has on several occasions been commissioned to act as a deputy District Court Judge. During his long residence in Northern Queensland, Mr. Jameson has enjoyed a lucrative practice, having been retained in most of the important cases heard in the Northern Court. His extensive practice in the C'ivil Courts, and a comprehensive knowledge of criminal law, eminently fit him for the important office which he has accepted.
For some years there was no K.C. practising at the Bar until A. H. II. M. Feez, Esq., in the latter part of last year, presented his commission to act as His Majesty's Counsel, learned in the law. At the December sittings of the Full Court, E. M, Lilley, Esq., and Charles Stumm, Esq., by the presentations of similar commissions, joined Mr. Feez as wearers of silk.
On 13th October, 1910, George Valentine Hellicar, Esq., Crown Solicitor, died. Mr. Hellicar was appointed Crown Solicitor on 12th July, 1903. On 4th November, 1910, Thomas William McCawley, Esq., who had been acting Crown Solicitor during Mr. Hellicar's absence on leave through ill health, was appointed Crown Solicitor,