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Robert Marsden Hope interviewed by John Farquharson in the Law in Australian society oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1791129
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Hope, Robert Marsden, 1919-1999, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1998 
12 sound discs (CD) (ca. 586 min.) 

Law in Australian society oral history project.


Justice Robert Marsden Hope, judge, talks about the reasons for choosing law; enrolment at Sydney University, Law Faculty in 1937; WWII experiences in AIF, 7th Div. and completion of law studies with LLB with 1st class honours. He then talks about Margaret Dalrymple Hay's influence; admission to Bar in 1945 and practising in 1946; decision to take silk which was approved in Dec. 1960; 1st Privy Council case and experiences as QC. Hope then discusses his appointment as judge of NSW Supreme Court in 1969; appointment as judge of NSW Court of Appeal in 1972; views on Barwick at the Bar; Whitlam-Murphy relationship; friendship between Kerr, Jacobs and Hope and his views on Hawke and Whitlam as Prime Ministers. He then describes his experiences as an Equity Court Judge; involvement with Council of Civil Liberties; experiences as Judge of Court of Appeal and Criminal Appeals; inquiry into National Estate in early 1970s and his role on Australian Heritage Council.

Hope the describes his work as Royal Commissioner of ASIO inquiry; impressions of MI5 and MI6 and influence of Sir Lionel Murphy. He then talks about his family background; schooling at SHORE (Sydney Church of England Grammar School); experiences on Senate of University of Sydney and as chancellor of Wollongong University. Hope then discusses the legal education system conducted by NSW Supreme Court; involvement in Kuringai Old People's Welfare Association; activities of Old Tote theatre company; involvement with Musica Viva and Tranby; part-time chairman of NSW Law Reform Commission; views on a number of High Court and NSW Supreme Court judges; activities of Australian Institute of Political Science and current state of the law.


Recorded on Feb. 10 & July 10, 1998.

Also available online

Related Material Papers of Robert Marsden Hope, 1940-1998; located at; National Library of Australia manuscript collection MS 9189. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (typescript, 17 p.) and transcript (typescript, 207 leaves) 
Subjects Hope, Robert Marsden, 1919-1999 -- Interviews.  |  Judges -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Judges.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, Interviewer

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