Owen Walsh

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This article is about the Administrator of Norfolk Island. For the Irish artist, see Owen Walsh (artist).
Owen Walsh
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
2 October 2008 – 30 March 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
Preceded by Grant Tambling
Succeeded by Neil Pope
Personal details
Born Owen Edward John Walsh
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Bianca Walsh
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Profession Lawyer

Owen Edward John Walsh is the former Administrator of the Australian territory of Norfolk Island.

Walsh was educated at the Hutchins School, and then attended the University of Tasmania, from which he graduated with degrees in Arts and Law. He worked as a barrister and solicitor for the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and as a senior policy adviser and legal officer for the Attorney-General's department, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, and the Australian Antarctic Division.[1]

On Norfolk Island, Walsh was Official Secretary to the Administrator, Tony Messner, from 1999 to 2003, and again from January 2006 to Administrator Grant Tambling. When Tambling retired in 2007, Walsh was made Acting Administrator of the island on 7 August.[2] He was sworn in as Administrator by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce on 2 October 2008.[3] On 30 March 2012, Walsh stepped down as Administrator at the conclusion of his term, and was succeeded by Neil Pope. Walsh indicated he would resume his legal career in Canberra.[4]


Government offices
Preceded by
Grant Tambling
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Neil Pope