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Biographical entry Balmford, Rosemary Anne (1933 - )

15 September 1933
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Judge and Ornithologist


Rosemary Anne Balmford was Victoria's first female Supreme Court Judge (1996) and the University of Melbourne's first female Lecturer in the Faculty of Law (1957). She retired from the bench in 2003 after a distinguished forty-plus year legal career. Balmford was also a keen amateur naturalist with a special interest in ornithology. Her contributions to this field were almost equal to those in Australian law. She served as Secretary of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) and wrote several important books on birds in Australia.



c. 1960
Education - Bachelor of Laws (LLB) completed at the University of Melbourne
1969 - 1972
Career position - Secretary to the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU)
Career position - A bird atlas of the Melbourne region (co-authored with HI Aston) published
1980 - 1982
Career position - Secretary of the Victorian Ornithological Research Group
Career position - Learning about Australian Birds published
1983 - 1993
Career position - Senior Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal
1989 - 1992
Career position - Councillor of the State Library of Victoria
Career position - The beginner's guide to Australian birds published
Career position - Miserable as an orphan bandicoot on a burnt ridge: Australian natural history and the Australian language published
1993 - 1996
Career position - Judge of the County Court of Victoria
1996 - 2003
Career position - (Hon) Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Education - Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) received from Monash University in Clayton, Victoria

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


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