Fellows of Senate

George Knox

An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BA 1866) and barrister, George Knox was a Fellow of Senate from 1887 to his death in March 1888.


MA Camb & Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1887 - 1888

His early years

George Knox, a son of the Hon Edward Knox MLC, was born in 1845 and educated at Sydney Grammar School.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Knox proceeded to Sydney University in 1863. While an undergraduate, he won the Cooper and Barker scholarships, two University scholarships and the Salting exhibition. He graduated BA in 1866, with first class honours in Mathematics and the Wentworth Medal for the best English essay.

In October 1873 he returned to Sydney from England and the following year graduated MA from Sydney University.

His career

Knox went to England in 1866 and graduated BA from Cambridge University in 1870, being first class in the moral science tripos and junior optime in the mathematical tripos. He was called to the English Bar from Lincoln Inn on 15 November 1970 and in 1873 received his MA degree at Cambridge.

In October 1873 he returned to Sydney and the following year graduated MA at Sydney University. He was called to the Bar of NSW on 11 November 1873 and practised at the Equity bar. For several years he was engaged in reporting the decisions of our Supreme Court, and he established a reputation as one of the bext men in property and will cases.

Besides this work, he acted as Supreme Court Judge on one or two occasions on circuit, for a considerable time was lecturer on law at the University, was a member of the Board for the admission of barristers, and also an examiner of articled clerks. In 1887 he was appointed a director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society. He published a volume of reports of Supreme Court cases and a pamphlet on "University Reform".


Photo, Australian Town and Country Journal, 12 March 1887, National Library of Australia.

Towards the latter part of 1887 his health became further impaired. He had long suffered from heart disease and also from delicate lungs, and his work had often been interrupted by attacks which caused him acute pain. Acting upon medical advice, he left for Egypt, accompanied by his wife, and he appeared so much tbe better for the change that he looked forward to returning to Sydney almost at once.

However he died in Cairo on 22 March 1888, aged 43.

His membership of Senate

George Knox was elected a Fellow of Senate from 1887 to 1888.

Information from the Australian Town and Country Journal, 12 March 1887, and The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March 1888, National Library of Australia