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Sir Frederick Jordan

Fire under the frost

By Keith Mason


More than any other State Chief Justice, Sir Frederick Jordan KCMG left an enduring legacy of jurisprudence spanning all areas of the general law. To those facing prosecution or curtailment of their businesses during the Second World War, he would prove the most libertarian judge of his era. Jordan was passionate about legal education, on and off the Bench. A bibliophile fluent in six languages, he also wrote extra-judicially on a wide range of topics, expressing the strongest of views about cinema, jazz, “old school ties” and modern art.



1. Two Jordans, Two Portraits

2. Family and Married Life

3. Milestones of Life and Career

4. Bibliophiles, Bohemians and Books

5. Attitudes about Religion, Women and Sports

6. Popular Culture: Cinema, Modern Art and Modern Music

7. The Work of a State Chief Justice

8. Crime and Punishment

9. At War on Many Fronts

10. Vice Regal Toils

11. Wit, Wisdom and Wordsmithery

12. Judgecraft and Jurisprudence

13. Enduring Legacy and Reputation as a Judge


Publishing 31 October 2019
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760022167
Australian RRP $69.95
International Price $64.00
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Law - Legal History
Australian History / Studies
Law - Judges & Courts

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