Sir Francis Forbes was the first Chief Justice of New South Wales, between 13 October 1823 and 1 July 1837.
An informative summary on the career of Sir Francis Forbes is available at the Australian Dictionary of Biography. A profile of him and other chief justices may also be obtained from the history pages of the web site of the NSW Supreme Court.
The recent Francis Forbes Oration delivered by Society member, David Ash also contains some fascinating material on the life of Sir Francis Forbes. The text of the oration is available at Francis Forbes Oration 2013
Federation Press has recently published, as part of its series on the Lives of the Australian chief justices, a book on the life of Sir Francis Forbes. A review of this title was published in the Winter 2002 edition of Bar News.