The Hon. Thomas Alexander
Thomas Alexander Wells
served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
from 1933 to 1952.
Justice Wells was born at Wallace town near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales on 10 February
He was married on 2 March 1910 to
Martha Mary Doris Myers and in 1913 took up a position as court
reporter with the New South Wales Supreme Court.
Justice Wells served with the AIF
in Egypt Britain and France and was eventually discharged as
Corporal in 1919.
Justice Wells studied part-time
at the University of Sydney and was admitted to practice on 31
Well's appointment as a Judge of
the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory was announced on 21
August 1933 and he was welcomed to the bench on 27 September 1933
when he took over from Acting Judge William Sharwood.
After the Japanese air-raids on
Darwin on 19 February 1942, Wells ordered the release of prisoners
from Fannie Bay Gaol and took control of the evacuation of
hundreds of survivors.
Justice Wells continued to work
in Darwin after the raids and often conducted court in trying
circumstances including sometimes under a tree.
Justice Wells suffered a stroke
in February 1951 and eventually resigned from the bench.
He died in Darwin on 13 September
1954 and the Wells building (since demolished) carried his name
for many years.