Australian Legal Dynasties: The Stephens and the Streets

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    The word dynasty evokes images of hereditary rulers, striding dusty castle corridors where their families have ruled for centuries. It might also suggest dominant political families, like the Kennedys, in republican settings like the United States of America. The term can, however, also be used to describe prominent families in other fields, such as business or the law, where a succession of individuals from one family have scaled the heights of their profession. A number of such families have lived and worked in Australia, and their stories are captured in the biographies told in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the associated People Australia websites. This essay explores the stories of two families who might be thought of as Australian legal dynasties: the Stephens and the Streets. Between them, these two families produced across several generations four chief justices of New South Walesand one person who turned the job downas well as at least four other judges, and numerous successful barristers and solicitors.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAustralian Dictionary of Biography (Online)
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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