QLD: The Hon Justice James Douglas lecture on Sir Harry Gibbs – 15 March 2019

The Honourable Justice James Douglas focussed on the role that Sir Harry Gibbs played in developing the legal and constitutional framework of Papua New Guinea in an address to HAL members at the Queensland Supreme Court Library on 15 March, 2019.

He spoke in detail of Sir Harry’s activities in the then-territory of Papua New Guinea during World War 2, where he served as an army legal and staff officer.

The Judge’s speech, “Sir Harry Gibbs and Papua New Guinea” can be downloaded, as well as an accompanying powerpoint presentation featuring photographs and images from Sir Harry’s time in PNG.

The Hon. Justice James Douglas was once an Associate to Sir Harry Gibbs, and provided a rare insight into one of Australia’s most celebrated judicial figures.

He also shared one of Sir Harry’s lesser-known writings, where he compared his PNG working environment to a famous poem, “To His Coy Mistress”.

A collection of decorations and medals awarded to Sir Harry Gibbs is also on display in the Supreme Court Library.

Speeches from the Event

Sir Harry Gibbs and Papua New Guinea“, speech delivered by The Hon Justice James Douglas, 15 March 2019.

Photographs from the Event

Those interested can become a member of HAL or renew their membership.

For more information, contact Nicholas Andreatidis QC, (07) 3008 4967 or andreatidis@qldbar.asn.au

WA: HAL Chapter Information Evening – 4 April 2019

The Western Australian Chapter of HAL will hold a Members Only information evening from 5pm on 4 April 2019.

The information evening will be held in the offices of Jackson McDonald Lawyers, Level 17 , 225 St Georges Terrace, Western Australia.

It will provide an opportunity to find out more about the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association, thank Mr Wayne Martin AC QC for his support of HAL as the outgoing WA Chapter Patron and thank the new HAL WA Chapter Patron Chief Justice Quinlan.

Go to Trybooking to reserve your place at this event.

There is no charge for this members only event, with drinks afterwards.

Those interested in joining HAL or renewing a lapsed membership can find out more at this link.

Contact HAL WA Chapter Chair George Georgiou on (08) 9227 7866 for more information.

Building links with Rhodes


The HAL National Committee – from left – Joe Tsalanidis (Victoria), Bill Athanasellis (National Secretary), George Georgiou (WA Chapter Chair), Elefteria (Teri) Konstantinou (Victorian Chapter Chair), Mal Varitimos (National President) and Maria Barbayannis (National Vice-President) presented emergency first aid equipment to a representative of the local emergency service provider.

The Service provides emergency first aid care on an island with 100,000 local inhabitants that also welcomes more than one million visitors annually.

Cultural group performs

Delegates and guests at the HAL Legal Conference in Rhodes were fortunate to experience a performance by a local cultural group.

Delegates generously made donations to the dancing troupe to purchase traditional dresses and garments for future performances, as well as to assist in further productions. Representatives of the cultural group also made a presentation – above – to members of the HAL National Committee.