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William Henry Abbott Hirst

William Henry Abbott Hirst was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in 1852 in the first cohort of students.


His early years

William Henry Abbott Hirst was born in Sydney.

The son of a wine merchant, he was educated at the classical school of the Reverend Henry Cary.

His student days at the University of Sydney

William was 15 when he was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in the first cohort of students, but did not complete his studies.

His career

Hirst was admitted to the Queensland bar in 1861.

His career in Queensland included the following appointments: police magistrate for Gayndah in 1861 and for Maryborough in 1864; Commissioner for Crown Lands in 1864; Crown Prosecutor for the Western District Court in 1865; and District Court Judge of the northern district court of Queensland on 1869. However, he was relieved of his duties in 1878.

He died in 1879.

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