Sir George Coutts Ligertwood (1888–1967) was a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia (12 July 1945–14 October 1958).
Early life and education
Ligertwood was born on 15 October 1888, in Maylands, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at Norwood Public school, the Pupil Teachers' school, and the University of Adelaide (B.A., 1908; LL.B., 1910) and was admitted to the Bar on 15 December 1910 and became the acting-master of the Supreme Court in 1914.
Military and legal career
Ligertwood enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 6 May 1918, returning to South Australia in 1919 to become a partner in the firm Baker, McEwin, Ligertwood & Millhouse. He was appointed as a Kings Counsel on 28 August 1930.
He served as the President of the Law Society of South Australia from 1935 to 1937 and again from 1941 to 1943. He was a member of the executive-committee of the Law Council of Australia in 1937 and in 1942–43.
Ligertwood served on the bench of the Supreme Court from 12 July 1945 until his retirement in 1958. The Federal government appointed him to three royal commissions. In 1945, he was appointed Royal Commissioner by Prime Minister Ben Chifley to look into the conduct of Lieutenant General Gordon Bennett; in 1949, he took part in a commission into timber-leases in New Guinea; finally, in 1954–55 he was one of three commissioners who examined espionage in Australia.
From 1930–67, Ligertwood served as a governor of Scotch College, Adelaide. He held the following roles at the University of Adelaide:
- Examiner in wrongs (1913–15);
- Examiner in property (1917 and 1919–26);
- Member of council from 1942;
- Warden of the senate (1945–59);
- Deputy-chancellor (1958–61);
- Chancellor (1961–66);
- Chairman of the planning committee for the Flinders University of South Australia (founded 1966)
- Patron of the Adelaide University Football Club (1966).
Ligertwood died on 13 October 1967, in Adelaide.
Ligertwood was knighted in 1956. In 1959, he was appointed royal commissioner by the Western Australian government to inquire into betting. He chaired the Federal committee on taxation (1959–61), and the South Australian committee on assessment for land tax (1962–64).
- "Ligertwood, Sir George Coutts (1888 - 1967)", Australian Dictionary of Biography