Sir Sidney Abrahams
Sir Sidney Abrahams
|26th Chief Justice of Ceylon|
3 July 1936 – 1939
|Appointed by||Reginald Edward Stubbs|
|Preceded by||Philip James Macdonell|
|Succeeded by||John Curtois Howard|
|Born||1 February 1885|
|Died||14 May 1957(aged 72)|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams QC (11 February 1885 – 14 May 1957), nicknamed Solly, was a British Olympic athlete and 26th Chief Justice of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He was the older brother of famed Olympian Harold Abrahams.
He competed at athletics for Cambridge University from 1904 to 1906. At the unofficial Olympiad, the 1906 'Intercalated Games' held in Athens, he finished fifth in the long jump with 6.21 metres. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics he finished in eleventh place in the same event with 6.72 metres. At the 1913 Amateur Athletic Association Championships in London, he won the long jump with 6.86 metres.
He joined the Colonial Service and was Advocate General in Baghdad in 1920 and President of the Civil Courts in Basra in 1921. After serving as Attorney General of Zanzibar (1922), Uganda (1925) and Gold Coast (1928), Abrahams was appointed Chief Justice of Uganda in 1933 and Chief Justice of Tanganyika in 1934.
He then served as Chief Justice of Ceylon from 1936-1939 and was knighted in 1936. The most celebrated case he presided over was that of the Australian Mark Anthony Bracegirdle, whom the Governor of British Ceylon Sir Reginald Stubbs was attempting to have deported; the court ruled against the Governor. He was founder-president of the Medico-Legal Society of Ceylon. He was succeeded by John Curtois Howard, after the acting Francis Soertsz. He retired from the bench in 1939.
Sidney Abrahams chaired a Committee on the Administration of Justice in Nigeria. He was later Senior Legal Assistant to the Commonwealth Relations Office, and played a major role in the suspension of the People's Progressive Party Government of Cheddi Jagan in British Guiana (Guyana) in 1953.
In 1936 he was given the title of baronet.
- T. Perera, 'The Bracegirdle Saga: 60 Years After', What Next, No 5 1997
- Abrahams, Sidney 'Solly', Jews in Sport Online
- American Involvement in Guyana in 1953, History of Guyana
Philip James Macdonell
| Chief Justice of Ceylon
John Curtois Howard