Percival Halse Rogers

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Sir Percival Halse Rogers KBE (1 August 1883 – 7 October 1945) was an Australian jurist and university chancellor.

Early life[edit]

Halse Rogers was born in Gunnedah, New South Wales, the second son of a Methodist minister and was educated at Newington College (1896-1901).[1] He became a resident of St Andrew's College, at the University of Sydney and graduated BA in 1905. Outstanding as a student and sportsman he was the second Rhodes scholar from New South Wales and attended Worcester College, Oxford, graduating BCL in 1908.

Legal career[edit]

On his return to Sydney, Halse Rogers became a temporary clerk in the Crown Law Office and then Judge's associate to New South Wales Chief Justice Sir William Cullen. Halse Rogers was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1911 and married later that year. From 1919 he lectured part-time on legal interpretation at the University of Sydney and in 1926 was commissioned KC. In 1928 he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Australia sitting in the common law jurisdiction and presiding in the commercial cases. He served four times as a royal commissioner, conducting celebrated inquiries into greyhound-racing licences and fruit machines 1932 and Commonwealth secret funds 1941.

Community service[edit]

Halse Rogers was a director of Sydney Hospital and a member of the executive committee of the Fairbridge Farm Schools of New South Wales. A fellow of the senate of the University of Sydney from 1929, he was deputy chancellor from 1934 until elected chancellor in 1936. He was appointed KBE in 1939. Placed in an embarrassing position as chancellor when promised senate support was withheld, he resigned.


  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 81


External links[edit]

  • University of Sydney Senate History [1]