Sir Alan Mansfield was born in Brisbane, where the Mansfield 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, before winning a scholarship to the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). He attended university at St Paul's College, University of Sydney.
Sir Alan 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.
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.
Other professional achievements
In 1966, in addition to his other duties, Mansfield was also appointed Chancellor of the University of Queensland.
- In 1958 he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).
- The suburb of Mansfield in the city of Brisbane, Australia is named after him.
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