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Sir Philip Whistler Street KCMG

An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BA 1883), Sir Philip Whistler Street KCMG was a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney elected by the Fellows from 1915 to 1934, and Deputy Chancellor from 1926 to 1928.


(1863 - 1938)
KCMG, BA Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1915 - 1934, including election by Senate as
– Deputy Chancellor 1926 - 1928

His early years

Philip Whistler Street was born on 9 August 1863 at Victoria Street, Sydney and was educated at Waverley Hall, Sydney Grammar School.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Street resided at St Paul's College, University of Sydney, and graduated BA in 1883.

His career

After completing divinity, Street turned to law and was admitted to the Bar on 25 August 1886.

He became judge of the Supreme Court on 11 February 1907, judge in bankruptcy and in probate, deputy president of the Court of Arbitration, in 1918 chief judge in Equity and chief justice on 28 January 1925.

He was appointed KCMG in 1928 and commissioned lieutenant-governor in 1930, and administered the State government three times between 1934 and 1937, retiring on 22 July 1933.

Together with his wife he had many philanthropic and public interests. Examples included: chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, a trustee and later chairman of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales and of the Australian Museum, Sydney, and patron in New South Wales of the Victoria League, English-Speaking Union, Japan-Australia Society and the Royal Zoological Society.

Sir Philip died on 11 September 1938 at Liverynga.

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Hon Philip Whistler Street in 1918

The Hon Philip Whistler Street, chief judge in Equity, in 1918, photo from 'Hermes', June 1918.

His membership of Senate

Street was a member of the Senate (1915-34) and Deputy Chancellor (1926-27) of the University of Sydney.

He was also a council-member of Women's College.