Alan Mansfield

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Sir Alan Mansfield
Justice Alan Mansfield Brisbane 1945.jpg
Justice Alan Mansfield in Brisbane, 1945
18th Governor of Queensland
In office
21 March 1966 – 21 March 1972
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Sir Frank Nicklin (1966–68)
Jack Pizzey (1968)
Gordon Chalk (1968)
Joh Bjelke-Petersen (1968–72)
Preceded by Sir Henry Abel Smith
Succeeded by Sir Colin Hannah
Chief Justice of Queensland
In office
9 February 1956 – 21 February 1966
Premier Vince Gair (1956–57)
Frank Nicklin (1957–66)
Preceded by Neal Macrossan
Succeeded by William Mack
Personal details
Born (1902-09-30)30 September 1902
Indooroopilly, Queensland
Died 17 July 1980(1980-07-17) (aged 77)
Benowa, Queensland
Alma mater University of Sydney

Sir Alan James Mansfield, KCMG, KCVO (30 September 1902 – 17 July 1980) was an Australian barrister, judge, and the 18th Governor of Queensland, serving from 1966 until 1972.

Early life[edit]

Mansfield was born in Brisbane, where his family family had land in Gumdale. He lived in the Mount Gravatt area for many years. Sir James Mansfield was his great-great-grandfather. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane,[1] before winning a scholarship to the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). He attended university at St Paul's College, University of Sydney.[2]

Judicial career[edit]

Mansfield was appointed as a Puisne Judge on the Supreme Court of Queensland on 17 May 1940. He served with distinction in that capacity until he was made a Senior Puisne Judge on 20 March 1947. As a Senior Puisne Judge, he served until 8 February 1956 when he was promoted to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He served as Chief Justice from 9 February 1956 until his retirement on 21 February 1966.

Vice-regal career[edit]

During his time as Chief Judge, Mansfield was Lieutenant-Governor of Queensland on several occasions. He was appointed Governor of Queensland in 1966. He served with distinction in this position until 1972.


Mansfield was a freemason. During his term as Governor (1966–1972), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Queensland.[3]

Other professional achievements[edit]

When Mansfield first became a lawyer, he went to represent Australia on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East for the United Nations War Crimes Commission.

In 1966, in addition to his other duties, Mansfield was also appointed Chancellor of the University of Queensland.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  2. ^ Greenwood, John. "MANSFIELD, Sir Alan James (1902–1980)". Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "KentHenderson". 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Neal Macrossan
Chief Justice of Queensland
Succeeded by
William Mack
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Abel Smith
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Colin Hannah
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Albert Axon
Chancellor of the University of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Campbell