Frank Galbally

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Frank Galbally

Born(1922-10-13)13 October 1922
Died12 October 2005(2005-10-12) (aged 82)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
RelativesBob and John (brothers)
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Australian rules football career
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1942 Collingwood 6 (0)
Total 6 (0)
Sources: AFL Tables,

Francis Eugene "Frank" Galbally, CBE, (13 October 1922 – 12 October 2005) was an Australian criminal defence lawyer.

Early life and training[edit]

Galbally initially trained to be a priest after he left school at the age of 16 but after the events of Pearl Harbor joined the Navy.[1]

While he was in the Navy, Galbally played Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League with Jock McHale's Collingwood. He made just six appearances, all in the 1942 VFL season.[2] A leg injury sustained with an axe while cutting wood left him in hospital for two months and ended his career.

He studied law at the University of Melbourne, where he resided at Newman College. In 1948, he joined his brother John's legal firm.

Career synopsis[edit]

Galbally was one of the first solicitors to practice as a trial advocate without joining the Victorian Bar. He defended his first murder case in 1950 and by the end of his career had achieved an acquittal rate of 80 to 90 per cent.[3]

He oversaw the preparation of a report commissioned by the Australian Government, which recommended the changing of the policy of assimilation to one of multiculturalism.[4]


Galbally was created a Commander of the order of the British Embire in 1977 in recognition of his service to the community.[5]


During the 1980s, Galbally represented the Painters and Dockers Union in the Costigan Commission and was involved in the appeal to stop the Barlow and Chambers execution.


Jury Man, a novel written by Galbally, was made into the a Edward R. Pressman 1992 film, Storyville.


  1. ^ Shiel, Fergus (13 October 2005). "Frank Galbally, defender of the underdog, dies". The Age. Melbourne.
  2. ^ "Frank Galbally". AFL Tables.
  3. ^ "Galbally's lore". Melbourne: The Age. 13 October 2005.
  4. ^ Galbally, Frank (1978), Migrant services and programs : [report of the Review of Post-arrival Programs and Services for Migrants], Australian Government Publishing Service, ISBN 0642036683
  5. ^ "The Order of the British Empire - Commander (Civil) (CBE(C)) entry for GALBALLY, Francis Eugene". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 11 June 1977. Retrieved 13 March 2017. In recognition of service to the community