Queensland Railways Gold Pass - The Honourable Margaret J White AO

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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
MASTER M WHITE
History and use
A gold rail pass issued by Queensland Railways to the Honourable Margaret J White, while she was Master of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1990 - 1992.

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 Margaret J White AO was born in Hamilton, Victoria in 1943. She attended school at Cabra Dominican Convent in South Australia from 1949 - 1960. She gained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1966. After working in Adelaide for a few years, White moved to Brisbane and became a lecturer in the Law School at the University of Queensland.

In 1978 she was admitted as a barrister to the Supreme Court and in 1990 was appointed Master of the Supreme Court. In 1992 White became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, becoming a judge. In 2010 White became a Judge in the Queensland Court of Appeal. In 2013 she retired from the court.

In 2003 Judge white was awarded a Centenary Medal and in 2005 was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Queensland. In 2013 White was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law particularly in Queensland, as a leading contributor to legal education and reform, and to professional development and training”.
Registration number
R6602

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