William Cox (governor)
AC, RFD, ED
|26th Governor of Tasmania|
15 December 2004 – 2 April 2008
|Preceded by||Richard Butler|
|Succeeded by||Peter Underwood|
1 April 1936 |
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Born in Hobart to the Hon William Ellis Cox, CBE, MC (d. 1970) and Alice Mary Mulcahy Cox (d. 1983), William John Ellis Cox was educated at St. Virgil's College, Hobart, Xavier College, Melbourne and the University of Tasmania.
He graduated from the University of Tasmania (BA, LLB) in 1960 and was admitted to the Bar, in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in March 1960. He was appointed a magistrate in 1976, and became a Queen's Counsel in 1978, during his term as the State's Crown Advocate (equivalent to Director of Public Prosecutions).
He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1982, and was the state's Chief Justice from 1995 until 2004. He was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania in 1996. In 1999, Cox was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). He already held the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) and the Army's Efficiency Decoration (ED) for service in the Royal Tasmania Regiment, including service in Vietnam.
Cox's most high profile court case was that of Martin Bryant, who shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur on 28 April 1996 and was brought before Cox for his trial six months later. Bryant admitted all 35 murders on 8 November 1996 and Cox sentenced him to life imprisonment fourteen days later, recommending that Bryant should stay in prison until he dies.
In August 2004, he became acting Governor upon the resignation of Richard Butler, and in November the Premier, Paul Lennon, announced that he had advised the Queen to appoint Cox as Governor of Tasmania. Cox is only the second Tasmanian-born Governor in the state's history. The first was Sir Guy Green.
William Cox and his wife Jocelyn have three children.
- Office of the Governor Annual Report 2004–2005, Governor of Tasmania, 2005.
- "New governor is a break with the past". The Age. AAP. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- Ansley, Greg (11 August 2004). "$720,000 payout as Butler quits". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- COX, William John Ellis, It's an Honour.
- "A man rejecting his mother and the world". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- "Underwood to be Tasmania's new governor". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
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