Fellows of Senate

Albert Bathurst Piddington KC

One of the early graduates of the University of Sydney (BA 1883), Albert Bathurst Piddington was a Fellow of Senate from 1910 to 1924.


BA Sydney, KC
Fellow of Senate 1910 - 1924

His early years

Albert Bathurst Piddington was born on 9 September 1862 at Bathurst, New South Wales, third son of London-born William Jones Killick Piddington and his Tasmanian wife Annie, née Burgess. The father became a clergyman, first Methodist and later Anglican, ending his career as archdeacon of Tamworth.

Piddington received his education at primary schools and the greater part of his secondary education at Sydney Grammar School. For a little whil he was at newington College.

His student days at the University of Sydney

While studying at the University of Sydney, Piddington was a member of the boat club and did a great deal of rowing, though he never raced. He also played football.

In 1883 Piddington graduated BA with first-class honours and the University gold medal in classics at the University of Sydney.

His career

Piddington was appointed a vice-warden at the University's St Paul's College in 1884, and from 1887 was a lecturer in English at the University. He was evening lecturer in English from 1889 to 1894 and an examiner in the Junior Public examination. He was also acting lecturer in German and other languages at different times, and a member of the University Extension Board and Women's College Council.

Piddington also started studying law and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1890, acquiring a large practice at common law.

He entered politics and in 1894 he defeated the State Premier (Sir George Dibbs), becoming the member for Tamworth in the Legislative Assembly from 1895 to 1898.

He became a KC in 1913, and was appointed to the High Court Bench, but resigned the same year.

He was appointed Industrial Commissioner in 1926 but six years later resigned on the ground that the then Governor (Sir Philip Game) acted unconstitutionally in dismissing Mr J T Lang
from office.

Piddington suffered injuries in April 1938 when struck by a motor cycle and side-car in the city; he sued the driver and was eventually awarded damages by the High Court.

He died on 5 June 1945 at his Mosman home aged 83.

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography and relevant newspapers articles

His membership of Senate

Piddington was an elected Fellow of Senate from 1910 to 1924.