Hearsay ... the Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland
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Issue 70 - Oct 2014
Letter to the Editor Print E-mail

hearsay-post-box.jpgOn Friday the 25th of July 2014, at the National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, the ‘Rear Admiral Patrick Perry CBE, RAN (Retired) Award’ was presented for the first time.  The Award is presented to a Royal Australian Navy permanent legal Officer for ‘professional excellence through a sustained and significant contribution to Navy Legal’. The Award was formally presented by Richard Perry QC, who spoke in a moving way as to his late Father, Rear Admiral Perry.  The award recognises professional legal skills, leadership qualities, interpersonal and team skills and organisational understanding.  The inaugural award winner was Lieutenant Commander Josh Nottle RAN. At the same dinner, the ‘Commander the Honourable Sir Laurence Street, AC, KCMG, QC, RANR (Retired) Award’ was also presented for the first time to a Navy Reserve Legal Officer, with Sir Laurence being in attendance.
Real Admiral Perry was born in Queensland and served operationally at sea during the Second World War, before qualifying as a barrister and being called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1952, while serving for the second time in London as Naval Liaison Officer.  Real Admiral Perry retired from the RAN in February 1963, having been earlier granted leave to chair the Department of Repatriation's War Pensions Assessment Appeal Tribunal in Brisbane, a role he continued to hold until 1969.  Real Admiral Perry died on 10 May 1975 in his home at Indooroopilly, Brisbane.  This summary does not do justice to his significant service.
It was a privilege to attend the dinner, particularly due to the very significant speech by Richard Perry QC as to Real Admiral Perry.  
Dominic Katter

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