Reginald Sholl

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Sir Reginald Sholl
Reginald Richard Sholl

(1902-10-08)8 October 1902
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died7 August 1988(1988-08-07) (aged 85)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne (BA, MA)
OccupationLawyer, diplomat, commentator
Hazel Ethel Bradshaw
(m. 1927; died 1962)

Anna McLean nee Carpenter
(m. 1964⁠–⁠1988)

Sir Reginald Richard Sholl (8 October 1902 – 7 August 1988) was an Australian lawyer, judge, diplomat, commentator.[1]

Having attended Melbourne Grammar School and the University of Melbourne,[2] Sholl was selected as Victorian Rhodes scholar for 1924.[3] Whilst studying at Oxford University he lived at New College, and learnt to play rugby.[4]

In 1950 Sholl was appointed a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria.[1] In 1952, he suggested it would be appropriate to order corporal punishment for violent crimes.[5]

In 1966, Sholl picked up an overseas posting, serving the Australian Government as Australian Consul-General in New York.[6]

In 1970, Sholl joined the committee of the Overseas Services Bureau. The Bureau was responsible for the Australian Volunteers Abroad scheme.[7]

In 1974 and 1975 Sholl conducted a Royal Commission into airline services to Western Australia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Maher, Laurence W. (2012), "Sholl, Sir Reginald Richard (1902–1988)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 7 March 2016, retrieved 5 February 2017
  2. ^ "Sir Reginald Sholl" (PDF), The Australian Bar Gazette: 15–16, 1966, archived (PDF) from the original on 5 February 2017, retrieved 5 February 2017
  3. ^ "Victorian Rhodes Scholar: Mr. R. R. Sholl Chosen". The Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 16 November 1923. p. 11.
  4. ^ "The Rhodes scholar who is defending Cosgrove". The Sun. NSW. 15 February 1948. p. 27.
  5. ^ "Judge urges whippings for violence". The Argus. 22 November 1952. p. 5.
  6. ^ "New York post for Justice". The Canberra Times. 9 December 1965. p. 18.
  7. ^ "New post". The Canberra Times. 13 March 1970. p. 3.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Roden Cutler
Australian Consul-General in New York
Succeeded by
Francis Murray
as Acting Consul-General