Queensland Railways Gold Pass - The Honourable Justice John Byrne AO RFD

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Description
A small circular gold medallion with an inscribed circular border surrounding a "QGR" (Queensland Government Railways) emblem.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Gold Pass
Measurements
L21 x W29 x D1mm
Media/Materials description
Gold
Signature/Marks
QUEENSLAND RAILWAYS \ PASS
HON. Mr JUSTICE J H BYRNE
History and use
A gold rail pass issued by Queensland Railways to the Honourable Justice John Byrne of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Gold Passes were issued by Queensland Railways to parliamentarians, members of the judiciary and other selected VIPs granting free rail travel whenever travel by rail was required. These medallion style gold passes were issued up until about 1990 when a change was made to a gold coloured "credit card" style plastic card.

The Honourable Justice John Harris Byrne AO RFD was born in 1948. He went to High School at Brisbane Boys' College and then gained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. In 1972 he was appointed a barrister to the Supreme Court and was in practice for 15 years before becoming Queen's Council in 1982.

He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 1989 and become the Senior Judge Administrator in 2007.

In 2013 Byrne became an Officer of the Order of Australia and had previously been awarded a Reserve Force Decoration in 1985.
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Registration number
R6594

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