Dormer Andrews

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Sir Dormer George Andrews

15th Chief Justice of Queensland
In office
8 July 1985 – 9 April 1989
Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Preceded by Walter Campbell
Succeeded by John Macrossan
Personal details
Born 8 April 1919
Brisbane, Queensland
Died 28 June 2004(2004-06-28) (aged 85)
Spouse(s) Joan Merle Tear
Alma mater University of Queensland
Military service
Allegiance  UK,  Australia
Branch/service Royal Air Force, RAAF
Years of service 1940–1944
Rank Sergeant Pilot
Unit 107 Squadron
Battles/wars El Alamein, Second World War

Sir Dormer George (Bob) Andrews (8 April 1919 – 28 June 2004) was a judge and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia.

Education and military service

Andrews was born in Brisbane. He attended Taringa State primary school and St Joseph's College, Nudgee before enrolling at the University of Queensland in 1939. In 1940 he enlisted in the RAF first in No 61 OTU in Britain and then in 127 Squadron in the Western Desert.[1] In October 1942 the Hurricane fighter he was flying was shot down and he sustained severe injuries that resulted in the loss of his left arm. He was held prisoner by the Italians until he was liberated and repatriated in June 1943.

He resumed his university study and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1944 and a Bachelor of Law in 1947.

Legal career

He did articles at the firm of Williams and Williams, was admitted as a barrister in 1947.[2] He practised at the Queensland bar for the next 11 years.

He was appointed a judge on the District Courts of Queensland in April 1959 and as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in May 1971.[3]

In 1982, although he was only the ninth most senior justice in the court, he was the choice of the premier, Joh Bjelke-Peterson, for the post of Chief Justice. This choice was strongly opposed in cabinet by the Liberal Party, and Walter Campbell was appointed as a compromise candidate.

In 1985 Campbell left the Supreme Court to take up an appointment as state governor and Andrews was appointed Chief Justice.

He retired in 1989 when he reached the statutory retirement age of 70.


Andrews was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1987[4] and received the Centenary Medal in 2001.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Andrews, Dormer". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "FORMER PILOT NOW BARRISTER". The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 8 July 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Supreme Court Library Queensland | Judicial Profiles". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Award Extract - Australian Honours Search Facility". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1083676. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Award Extract - Australian Honours Search Facility". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1115599. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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Preceded by
Walter Campbell
Chief Justice of Queensland
Succeeded by
John Macrossan
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