|Born||Frederick Angus Benfield
5 April 1937
Leichhardt, New South Wales
|Died||25 October 2007
Pretty Beach, New South Wales
|Occupation||NSW Police Officer
NSW District Court Judge
|Title||His Honour Judge Fred Kirkham|
|Spouse(s)||Janet Anne (Jan)|
|Children||2 sons, 2 daughters|
|Olympic medal record|
|Melbourne 1956||Men's Eight|
Kirkham was born in Leichhardt, New South Wales and attended Newington College (1945–1953). During his adolescence he was known as Fred Benfield but reverted to his mother's maiden name as an adult.
Police & legal career
For twenty years Kirkham served as a member of the New South Wales Police Force. Kirkham served as a uniformed officer for several years before training to join the NSW Police Drug Squad.
After completing his HSC at the age of 30, Kirkham attended night school to complete his Law degree. He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1974 and practiced mainly in the area of personal injury. After 14 years at the Bar he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales in 1988 where he served until his retirement.
- "Fred Benfield (full name: Frederick Angus Benfield-Kirkham)". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22.
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