Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran (lawyer)

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Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran KC. (1865 – 7 June 1945) was a noted lawyer and Australian rules football administrator in South Australia. He was a grandson of Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran, South Australia's first Police Commissioner.

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Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts or between behind posts.

South Australia State of Australia

South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia's states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs. Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684.

Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran was the first Police Commissioner and first Police Magistrate of South Australia.



O'Halloran was born at O'Halloran Hill, South Australia the eldest son of T. J. S. O'Halloran, SM., and the grandson of his namesake, Major Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran, South Australia's first Police Commissioner. He was educated at St Peter's College and trained as a lawyer, reading his articles with Louis von Doussa at Mount Barker. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and joined in partnership with O. Mostyn Evan. He next joined the firm of Gordon, Nesbit, and Bright, then in 1896 started his own law office. In 1921 he took in as partner his nephew D. B. Ross, and was made King's Counsel in 1924. He retired in 1931. [1] He acted as solicitor for the Municipal Tramways Trust from its foundation, and was instrumental in draughting various statutes relating to industrial matters, notably the Industrial Code and the Early Closing Act. He was elected president of the Law Society in 1926.

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Charles Louis von Doussa, generally referred to as Louis von Doussa, was an Australian lawyer and politician. He was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for Mount Barker from 1889 to 1902 and a member of the South Australian Legislative Council for the Southern District from 1903 to 1905. He was Attorney-General of South Australia and Minister for Education in the Jenkins government from 1903 to 1904.

Sporting and other interests

O'Halloran was prominent in a number of sports – in his youth he was a keen cricketer, playing for St. Peter's College and was a member of the South Australian team which played the All-England Eleven in 1882. He was a member of the Adelaide Gun Club, and the Adelaide Oval Bowling Club. For 14 years he was president and chairman of the South Australian National Football League. He was elected Life Member of the S.A.N.F.L. and the Australian Football Council.

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He and his wife Helen Ruth O'Halloran (ca.1877 – 22 August 1943) lived at Grove Street, Unley Park. They had no children.

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  1. "Mr. O'Halloran K.C., Dead". The Advertiser . Adelaide. 8 June 1945. p. 7. Retrieved 27 October 2014 via National Library of Australia.