Queensland Railways Gold Pass - The Honourable James Thomas AM QC

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A small circular gold medallion with an inscribed circular border surrounding a "QGR" (Queensland Government Railways) emblem. The wording on either side of the medallion has been worn away.
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Gold Pass
L21 x W29 x D1mm
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History and use
A gold rail pass issued by Queensland Railways to the Honourable Mr Justice James Thomas, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland 1982 - 1998.

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.

James Burrows Thomas was born in 1935 in Brisbane. He went to Windsor State School and then the Church of England Grammar School. He attended the University of Queensland and was awarded Bachelor degrees in Arts (1955) and Laws (1958).

In late 1958 he was admitted as a barrister to the Supreme Court, he took silk in 1975 and in 1982 was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court. In 1998 he was appointed a Judge of Appeal. He retired from the Court in 2002.

In 1994 Thomas was made a Member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003. He was the Chairperson of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from 1982 - 1991.
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