Charles Frederic Belcher

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Charles Frederic Belcher
Sir Charles Frederic Belcher c.1930.png
Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
Preceded by Philip James Macdonell
Succeeded by Charles Cyril Gerathy
Chief Justice of Cyprus
In office
Preceded by Sir Sidney Charles Nettleton
Succeeded by Sir Herbert Cecil Stronge
Personal details
Born (1876-07-11)11 July 1876
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Died 7 February 1970(1970-02-07) (aged 93)
Kokstad, South Africa
Resting place Kokstad Cemetery
Spouse(s) Sara Visger (married 1908)
Alma mater Trinity College

Sir Charles Frederic Belcher OBE (1876–1970) was an Australian lawyer, author, British colonial jurist, and amateur ornithologist.

Born in Geelong, Victoria, C.F. Belcher was a son of G.F. Belcher, a former member of the Victorian Legislative Council. He entered Trinity College (University of Melbourne) in 1894, where he studied Law.[1] He was first called to the bar in Melbourne, and then in 1909, at Gray's Inn, London.

For much of his life he served the British Colonial Service in Africa and elsewhere. He was variously a magistrate in Uganda, Assistant Judge in Zanzibar, Puisne Judge in Kenya, Member of the Appeals Court of East Africa, Attorney General (1920-1923) and later High Court Judge (1924-1927)[2] of Nyasaland, Chief Justice of Cyprus (1927–1930) and President of the Appeal Court of the West Indies (1930-1937). In 1930, he was appointed Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, an office he held for the next seven years.[3]

In June 1931 he received a knighthood in the King's Birthday honours.[4]

He was a founding member of both the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) in 1901 and the Bird Observers Club in 1905. He was elected a Fellow of the RAOU in 1949.



  1. ^ "Personal". The Horsham Times. Horsham, Victoria. 9 June 1931. p. 4 – via Trove. 
  2. ^ Garvey, Marcus (23 August 2006). The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers, Vol. X: Africa for the Africans, 1923–1945. University of California Press. p. 383. ISBN 978-0-520-93275-3. Sir Charles Frederic Belcher (1876-1970) served as judge of the High Court of Nyasaland from 1924 to 1927. 
  3. ^ "No. 33658". The London Gazette. 4 November 1930. p. 6945. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette, no. 33722 (2 June 1931): 3624.


  • Chisholm, A.H. (1970). Obituary. Sir Charles Belcher. Emu 70: 91-92.
  • Robin, Libby. (2001). The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001. Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84987-3
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Philip James Macdonell
Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
1930 – 1937
Succeeded by
Charles Cyril Gerathy