The Hon. David John Davies
David Bevan served as a
Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory from 1912 to
He was born in London on 11
January 1873 and moved to Melbourne in 1886 where he was educated
at the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and the Trinity
College at the University of Melbourne.
He signed the Roll on 1 May 1901
and practised in Melbourne until 1912. During part of this time he became Chairman of the Victorian Football League Disciplinary Tribunal.
Bevan arrived in Darwin on the SS
Empire on 21 May 1912 and was sworn in as a Judge of the
Supreme Court on 23 May 1912.
He became good friends with the
Administrator, Dr Gilruth and resided at Government House pending completion of his own official residence, but as
Dr Gilruth's popularity waned, the community of Darwin saw Justice Bevan as
lacking judicial independence. Dr Gilruth eventually returned to
Melbourne in 1918, however there was still discontent with the
administration in the Northern Territory and at a public meeting on
13 October 1919, a resolution was passed calling upon Bevan and
other members of the Administration to "leave the Northern Territory by
the next boat".
He departed on the SS Bambra on
18 October 1919 and, after a Royal Commission into the Northern
Territory conducted by Justice Norman Ewing of the Tasmanian
Supreme Court, was removed from office on 22 September 1920.
He sued the Government and
He eventually moved to Upper
Beaconsfield and married Doris Louise Reed on 24 May 1924.
David Bevan died on 3 October
1954 at Upper Beaconsfield.