Sidney Abrahams

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Sir
Sidney Abrahams
KC
26th Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
3 July 1936 – 1939
Appointed by Reginald Edward Stubbs
Preceded by Philip James Macdonell
Succeeded by John Curtois Howard
Francis Soertsz
as acting
Personal details
Born (1885-02-01)1 February 1885
Birmingham, England
Died 14 May 1957(1957-05-14) (aged 72)
Nationality British
Alma mater Cambridge University
Religion Jewish

Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams Kt KC (11 February 1885 – 14 May 1957), nicknamed Solly, was a British Olympic athlete and 26th Chief Justice of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He was the older brother of famed Olympian Harold Abrahams.

Biography[edit]

Born in Birmingham, England, Abrahams was educated at Bedford Modern School[1] and the University of Cambridge. He competed for Cambridge University from 1904 to 1906. At the unofficial Olympiad, the 1906 'Intercalated Games' held in Athens, he finished fifth in the long jump with 6.21 metres. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics he finished in eleventh place in the same event with 6.72 metres. At the 1913 Amateur Athletic Association Championships in London, he won the long jump with 6.86 metres.[1]

Chief Justiceship[edit]

Abrahams served as Chief Justice of Ceylon from 1936-1939. The most celebrated case he presided over was that of the Australian Mark Anthony Bracegirdle, whom the Governor of British Ceylon Sir Reginald Stubbs was attempting to have deported; the court ruled against the Governor. He was founder-president of the Medico-Legal Society of Ceylon. He was succeeded by John Curtois Howard, after the acting Francis Soertsz.[2]

Sidney Abrahams chaired a Committee on the Administration of Justice in Nigeria. He was later Senior Legal Assistant to the Commonwealth Relations Office, and played a major role in the suspension of the People's Progressive Party Government of Cheddi Jagan in British Guiana (Guyana) in 1953.

He was elected president of Britain's oldest athletic club, the London Athletic Club founded in 1863. Abrahams was the first Jew to hold the post.

Abrahams was married to Ruth Bowman and they had two children, Valerie and Anthony Abrahams.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's Who 1935", Published by A&C Black Ltd, 1935
  2. ^ "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Philip James Macdonell
Chief Justice of Ceylon
1936-1939
Succeeded by
John Curtois Howard
Francis Soertsz
as acting