Fellows of Senate

The Hon Ernest Meyer Mitchell KC

An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BA 1896, LLB 1900), Ernest Meyer Mitchell was a Fellow of Senate from 1925 to 1934.


BA LLB Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1925 - 1934

His early years

Ernest Meyer Mitchell was born on 12 February 1875 at Wynyard Square, Sydney, eldest child of Philip Mitchell, jeweller from Germany, and his Sydney-born wife Rosalie, née Brodziak.

He was educated at Sydney Grammar School where he was School Captain and twice winner of the Knox Prize.

In 1892 he gained the John West and Grahame Prizes for general proficiency at the senior university examination.


Ernest Meyer Mitchell in 1889, a student at the Crown-street Superior Public School, photo from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 9 November 1889.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Mitchell matriculated at the University of Sydney in 1893, winning the Bowman Cameron Prize and dividing the Cooper Scholarship for Classics.

He graduated BA in 1896 with 1st class honours in Latin and Greek and 3rd class honours in Mathematics and winning the medal for Classics.

The next year he gained the Wigram Allen Scholarship and graduated LLB in 1900 with 1st class honours and the Medal in Law.

During his university course he won his rowing 'blue' and was Secretary to the Football Club and Sub-Editor and Treasurer of 'Hermes'.

His career

Mitchell was admitted to the Bar on 26 October 1900 and elected president of the Sydney University Law Society in 1905.

He practised at the Bar in a wide variety of cases.

Mitchell was Challis lecturer in common law subjects at the University from 1907 to 1916.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and served in France with the 4th Battalion from October 1917. Commissioned in June 1918 he was transferred to the 1st Machine Gun Battalion. After the Armistice he was attached to the AIF education scheme. Returning to Sydney in July 1919 he was with the Australian Army Legal Division until transferred to the reserve of officers in 1926, having been promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1924.

He briefly continued university lecturing and was a member of the joint committee for tutorial classes.

Resuming practice at the Bar, Mitchell took silk in 1925 and appeared in important constitutional cases in the High Court of Australia and was frequently consulted by State and Commonwealth governments, trade unions and employer associations.

In December 1933 Mitchell was elected to the reconstituted Legislative Council, and served until his sudden death on 21 April 1943 at his Phillip Street chambers.

From the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' and 'Hermes'


Ernest Meyer Mitchell in 1910, photo G3_224_2043, Universiyt of Sydney Archives.

during World War 1

Lieutenant Ernest Meyer Mitchell during World War 1, photo from 'Hermes'

His membership of Senate

Mitchell was a Fellow of Senate elected by the graduates from 1925 to 1934.