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The plaque commemorates the contribution of Sir Garfield Barwick (1903 - 1997) in the establishment of the building as the seat of the High Court of Australia.

On 27 April 1964, Barwick was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, succeeding Sir Owen Dixon, being the first law graduate from the University of Sydney to hold this position. He was instrumental in the construction of the High Court building in Canberra (unofficially known, as a result, as "Gar's Mahal"), and became the first president of the Australian Conservation Foundation in 1966.


Address:King Edward Terrace, High Court of Australia, Parkes, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.299168
Long: 149.135594
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 9th August, 2001
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This plaque was unveiled by the Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable John Howard MP on 9 August 2001

To commemorate the contribution to the establishment of this building as the seat of the High Court of Australia by the Right Honourable Sir Garfield Barwick AK GCMG who was Commonwealth Attorney-General from 1958 - 1963 and Chief Justice of Australia from 1964 - 1981

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