Recorded interview with Sir Harry Gibbs, interviewed by The Honourable Kevin W Ryan CBD RFD, The Honourable Brian Ambrose QC, Mr David Jackson QC, and Dr Michael White QC in 1995 and 2000.
Sir Harry Gibbs was born in 1917. He graduated from the Univeristy of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours I) in 1939 and was admitted to the Bar that same year. His practice was interrupted by military service. Following the war he was returned to practice law and took silk in 1957. He served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1961-1967, and from 1963-1967 he was Chair of the Supreme Court Library Committee. He served on the Federal Court from 1967 until 1970, when he joined the High Court of Australia. In 1981 Gibbs was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court. He retired in 1987. Gibbs continued to be active in the legal community until his death in 2005.
In Interview 1 he speaks about his early life, notable cases in his career at the Bar, his appointment to the Supreme Court and the legal profession. In Interview 2 he speaks about his days as a student and his early work at the Bar. In Interview 3 he reminisces about former colleagues in the legal profession, court appearances and working conditions at the Bar.