Fellows of Senate

Cecil Bedford Stephen KC

An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BA 1862, MA 1864), Cecil Bedford Stephen was a Fellow of Senate of the University from 1888 to 1910.


MA Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1888 - 1910

His early days

Cecil Bedford Stephen was born in Sydney in 1840, and was the sixth son of the late Sir Alfred Stephen PC, who for many years was Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor of NSW. He went to Miss Savigny's School.

His student days at the University of Sydney

In residence at St Paul's College, Stephen was at Sydney University between 1858 and 1860, winning University Scholarships for general proficiency each year as well as the Barker Scholarship (for Mathematical Science) and the Deas Thomson Scholarship (for Physical Science) in 1860.

He graduated BA in 1862, and MA in 1864.

His career

From the University he read for the bar, and after admission he was appointed associate to his father, a position which he occupied for some years.

He then entered into active practice, and became especially noted for his great ability as a pleader. For 20 years he had a general retainer from the Crown, and appeared most of the time conjointly with the late Sir Julian Salomons.

In addition he had a large private practice, and was retained by many banks and large financial and business institutions in the State. His services on several occasions were sought for to fill appointments to the Supreme Court Bench.

His hobby was photography.

From Sydney Morning Herald articles, 1910

His membership of Senate

Stephen was a Fellow of Senate of the University from 1888 until his death in July 1910 at the age of 70.

The following resolution was passed by the Senate at a meeting held on 4 July 1910: 'The Senate desires to place on record its sense of the great loss sustained by the University through the death of Mr Cecil Bedford Stephen, MA, KC, a distinguished graduate of the University and a Fellow of the Senate for a period of twenty-two years, and an expression of sympathy with his widow and family in their bereavement.'

Albert Bathurst Piddington was elected by Convocation as Stephen's replacement on Senate on 13 August 1910.