Richard McGarvie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Richard McGarvie
AC, QC
24th Governor of Victoria
In office
23 April 1992 – 23 April 1997
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Preceded by Davis McCaughey
Succeeded by Sir James Gobbo
Personal details
Born Richard Elgin McGarvie
(1926-05-21)21 May 1926
Colac, Victoria, Australia
Died 24 May 2003(2003-05-24) (aged 77)
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s) Lesley McGarvie (née Kerr)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Profession Barrister; Judge
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1944–1946
Rank Able Seaman
Unit HMAS Cerberus
HMAS Arunta
Battles/wars World War II

Richard Elgin McGarvie, AC, KStJ, QC (21 May 1926 – 24 May 2003) was a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria and Governor of Victoria from 1992 to 1997.

Early life[edit]

He was born and brought up on his parents’ dairy farm at Pomborneit East in Victoria, Australia. After finishing first place at Camperdown High School. He entered the Royal Australian Navy in 1944, training at HMAS Cerberus and serving on the destroyer, HMAS Arunta. World War II ended before he saw active service. He served in the Occupation Forces in Japan and was discharged as an Able Seaman in 1946.

He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1949 and took a leading role in the dismissal of its Victorian socialist-left dominated Central Executive by bringing about federal intervention.

Legal life[edit]

McGarvie studied law at Melbourne University and graduated in 1950, winning the Supreme Court Prize for the top honours student of the year. Joining the Victorian Bar in 1952, he became Queen's Counsel, chair of the Victorian Bar Council 1973–1975, Treasurer of Law Council of Australia 1974–1976 and Chancellor of La Trobe University 1981–1992.

He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria on 1 June 1976, resigning all political affiliations, and served as a judge until 22 April 1992. He was appointed Governor of Victoria from 1992 to 1997.

Constitutional influence[edit]

Author of the McGarvie Model, he was an appointed delegate to Constitutional Convention on an Australian Republic in February 1998[1] and initiated the 2001 Corowa conference to find common ground among republicans after the referendum defeat in 1999. He took the unusual position of making contributions to republicanism, without directly supporting the broader republican movement. He promoted his own model and at the 1998 convention successfully demonstrated the provision for two-thirds parliamentary dismissal of a President was unworkable.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vizard, Steve, Two Weeks in Lilliput: Bear Baiting and Backbiting At the Constitutional Convention (Penguin, 1998, ISBN 0-14-027983-0)

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Rev Dr Davis McCaughey
Governor of Victoria
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Sir James Gobbo