Sir Alan Russell Taylor KBE KC
, 25 November 1901 – 3 August 1969) Australian
judge, was a Justice of the High Court of Australia
Taylor was born in 1901 in the city of Newcastle
, New South Wales
. Brought up in an Anglican
family, Taylor initially wanted to join the church, but obtained a job as a public servant while waiting to study to be a priest, and was eventually employed in the office of the Solicitor-General of Australia
, where he developed an interest in law.
Taylor studied at the University of Sydney
, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree, with honours, in 1926. Later that year, Taylor was admitted to the New South Wales Bar
. In 1933, he married Ceinwen Williams, with whom he would later have a son and a daughter.
From 1933 to 1938, was a Challis Lecturer in the law school at the University of Sydney, teaching equity
and company law. He was made a King's Counsel
in 1943, and began to have an increasing number of appearances before the High Court. From 1947 to 1948, Taylor represented the banks in the famous Bank Nationalisation case
, as part of a team led by future Chief Justice of Australia Garfield Barwick
, also including future High Court colleague Frank Kitto
. From 1948 to 1949, Taylor was President of the New South Wales Bar Association.
Taylor was made a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
in 1952, and later that year, on 3 September, he was appointed to the bench of the High Court. He was... Read More