Robert Molesworth

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Gravestone of Robert Molesworth at Boroondara Cemetery, 2018. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection
Molesworth Gravestones at Boroondara Cemetery, 2018. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection
Gravestone of Robert Molesworth at Boroondara Cemetery, 2018. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection
The Memory of the just is Blessed. In loving memoru of Robert Molesworth who was for nearly 39 years a judge of the Supreme Court Melbourne. Died 18th October 1990 at Edlington Auburn in his 84th year. "Where I am there shall also my servant be."

Background

Sir Robert Molesworth was born on 3 November 1806 in Dublin, only son of Hickman Blayney Molesworth, solicitor, and his wife Wilhelmina Dorothea, née Hone.[1]

In 1852 the Molesworths migrated to Adelaide and next year to Melbourne, where he was at once admitted to the Victorian Bar. He soon had a large practice and on 27 October 1853 was appointed acting chief justice for a term when Sir William à Beckett was ill. From 4 January 1854 he served as solicitor-general while James Croke was absent, and on 15 April was appointed a nominee in the Legislative Council. In succession to Croke he was solicitor-general under W. C. Haines from 25 November 1855 to 17 June 1856 when he became the fourth appointment to the Supreme Court bench. In March the Administration of Justice Act (19 Vic. No 13) had authorized the sittings of a single judge in the Equity, Insolvency and Ecclesiastical jurisdictions, and he discharged those duties for nearly thirty years.[2]

Robert Molesworth died on 18 October 1890 aged 83, and was buried at Boroondara Cemetery on 21 October 1890. [3]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

Robert Molesworth was a co-prosecutor during the Treason Trials. [4]

Family

1. Hickman Molesworth (died 18 July 1907, aged 65). His wife was Alice Henrietta [?] who died on 27 December 1852 in England.

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See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.

References

  1. Reginald R. Sholl, 'Molesworth, Sir Robert (1806–1890)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/molesworth-sir-robert-4217/text6795, published in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 25 September 2014.
  2. Reginald R. Sholl, 'Molesworth, Sir Robert (1806–1890)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/molesworth-sir-robert-4217/text6795, published in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 25 September 2014.
  3. http://www.kewcemetery.com.au/FindGrave.aspx, accessed 24 March 2013 by Kathleen Gervasoni
  4. Dianne Campbell, Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Post Goldrush Ballarat, Masters Theses, 2002, p.184.

External links

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/molesworth-sir-robert-4217