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Biographical entry Staunton, Patricia Jane (1946 - )


30 November 1946
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Lawyer and Nurse


Patricia Staunton became New South Wales's first female chief magistrate (1999). Previously she had worked in the areas of nursing and law. She was appointed Member of the Order of Australia, 26 January 1995, for service to nursing.



1971 - 1976
Career position - Worked and studied in the UK
1976 - 1980
Career position - Barr-at-Law in Sydney
1987 - 1995
Career position - Secretary of the New South Wales Nurses Association
1990 - 1995
Career position - Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
1991 - 1995
Career position - Federal President of the Australian Nursing Federation
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
1995 - 1997
Career position - Member of the Legislative Council in New South Wales
1997 - 1999
Career position - Magistrate at Local Court in New South Wales
1999 -
Career position - Chief Magistrate of New South Wales

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Patricia Staunton, NSW's first female chief magistrate, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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