The Hon. Richard Charles Ward
Richard Ward served as a
Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory from 1974
Justice Ward was born in Kew,
Melbourne on 28 July 1916 and attended the Victoria Street School
and Melbourne High School. He attended the University of Melbourne
and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws. After being admitted to
practice in around 1938, he became a partner in the legal practice
of Andrew Brough Newell in Darwin.
In 1947 he was elected to the
first Northern Territory Legislative Council but did not contest
the seat during the second election in 1949. Justice Ward
temporarily left the Northern Territory and went into partnership
in Adelaide in the firm of Alderman Brazel and Clarke.
Justice Ward eventually returned
to the Northern Territory in mid-1950's and became a senior
partner in the firm of Ward, Keller and Rorrison.
Justice Ward was elected to the
Northern Territory Legislative Council in 1956 and in 1966 was
preselected for the Northern Territory federal seat, however he
lost to the Country Party candidate Sam Calder. He then stood
for and won the seat of Ludmilla in the Northern Territory
Legislative Council which he held until his appointment to the
Supreme Court in 1974.
At the time of his appointment to
the Court, Justice Ward had been appointed a Queen's
Counsel and had been the leader of the NT Bar for many years.
Justice Ward died in Sydney on 24
November 1977 after suffering a kidney collapse.