Acting Judge, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 14/08/1989 - 13/10/1989
Judge, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 18/05/1992 - 13/06/2000
Acting Judge, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 14/06/2000 - 13/06/2003
Acting Judge of Appeal, Court of Appeal, New South Wales, 14/06/2000 - 13/06/2003
Morris David Ireland was born in 14 June 1928, the son of David Oscar Hardwood Ireland. He was educated at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga. After leaving school, he worked in a variety of occupations: two years as a jackeroo, six years in the Merchant Navy rising to Second Officer, a grazier in the Rylstone district for ten years, and then as the manager of Shorncliffe Pty Ltd, civil engineers, doing road construction and bitumen surfacing. He undertook the law course offered by the New South Wales Barristers' Admission Board while working as a project manager with Favco Industries, a heavy industry that constructed cranes. (1)
Called to the New South Wales Bar on 5 December 1969, Ireland read with David Yeldham. Ireland's chambers were at 180 Phillip Street, Sydney. He was later admitted to the Bar of the Australian Capital Territory. Practising in the Common Law, Criminal Law and Equity jurisdictions, he specialised in Common Law jury cases involving industrial accidents or mining. A Council member of the New South Wales Bar Association in 1982/83, he was also active in the Association's Reading Program to train new barristers. He was made a Queen's Counsel for New South Wales on 30 October 1985 and later for the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. (2)
In 1989, Ireland was appointed an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, from 14 August to 13 October. He was appointed a permanent Judge of the Court from 18 May 1992. He retired on 13 June 2000. Following his retirement he was given three commissions as an Acting Judge and Acting Judge of Appeal covering 14 June 2000 to 13 June 2003. (3)
Ireland took an interest in education. He was a member of the Council of Pymble Ladies College from 1975 to 1989. A member of the Council of Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, from 1978, he served as deputy chairman from 1981 to 1989 and chairman from 1989 to 1994. (4)
Ireland is a grazier with a property in the Mudgee/Rylstone area. He has married twice and has three sons and one daughter from his first marriage.(5)
1. Who's Who in Australia, Melbourne, Information Australia, 1991, p.626; 1994, p.784; 1997, pp.834-5; 2002, p.979; Australian Law Journal, Vol.67, pp.77-78 (January 1993).
2. Barrister and Solicitors Admission Boards; NRS 13665, Roll of Barristers, 29 July 1955 - 28 July 1972; Reel 2147, p.40; NSW Law Almanac, Sydney, NSW Government Printer, 1970, p.97; 1980, p.116; 1992, pp.2, 51; Australian Law Journal, op.cit.; 'Bar Councillors 1980-1990', New South Wales Bar Association, http://www.nswbar.asn.au/docs/about/history/bclist1980_1990.php (cited 3 October 2008).
3. New South Wales Law Reports, Sydney, Law Book Company Ltd, Vol.17, 1989, p.ix; Vol.29, 1992-1993, p.ix; Vol.50, 2000-2001, p.ix; Vol.52, 2000-2001, p.x; Vol.55, 2002, p.x; Supreme Court of New South Wales, Annual Review, 2001; 2002; 2003, p.10, http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/supreme_court/ll_sc.nsf/pages/SCO_annrev (cited 10 September 2008).
4. Who's Who in Australia, op.cit, Australian Law Journal, op.cit.
5. Who's Who in Australia, op.cit.