On 31 October 2012 Tony Cunneen of St Pius X College, Chatswood, delivered the 2012 Forbes Lecture (entitled “A Man for All Seasons: The Life and Times of Chief Justice Sir William Portus Cullen”) in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. Cullen was Chief Justice of New South Wales between 1910-1925. He was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW who was born, and wholly educated, in Australia.
The Society was honoured by the service of the current Chief Justice of New South Wales, Justice TF Bathurst, as Chairman for the Lecture. His Honour was welcomed to that task by Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher.
The Lecture brought to life the tumultuous times during which Chief Justice Cullen presided over the Supreme Court and, as a leading member of Australian society, helped to steer New South Wales through the traumas of World War I and a period of social upheaval that, at times, bordered on revolution.
The Society anticipates that the paper on which the Lecture was based will be published in the Australian Law Journal.