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Theyre à Beckett Weigall

Birthplace: Elsternwick, Glen Eira City, Victoria, Australia
Death: June 08, 1926 (66)
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Theyre Weigall and Marian Weigall
Husband of Annie Sophie Henrietta Hamilton
Father of Marian Hamilton Pollak; Nancy Carol Youngman; Lady Joan Lindsay and Theyre Hamilton Weigall
Brother of Marian Eliza Weigall; Alfred Henry Weigall; Reginald Edward Weigall; Dr. Gerald Carl Weigall; Albert Weigall and 1 other

Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) ( Ryan)
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About Theyre à Beckett Weigall, Barrister & Judge

Weigall, Theyre à Beckett (1860–1926)

by Ruth Campbell


Theyre à Beckett Weigall (1860-1926), barrister and judge, was born on 10 February 1860 at Elsternwick, Melbourne, son of Theyre Weigall, clerk, and his wife Marion, née à Beckett, both London born. Educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School where he won the matriculation classics exhibition, he studied law at the University of Melbourne (LL.B., 1880), gaining first-class honours and several exhibitions. He was called to the Bar in 1881. When his uncle (Sir) Thomas à Beckett was elevated to the bench of the Victorian Supreme Court in 1886, Theyre succeeded to much of his large practice. On 7 April 1890 at St David's Anglican Cathedral, Hobart, Weigall married Anne Sophie Henrietta, daughter of Sir Robert Hamilton, governor of Tasmania.

Specializing in equity work, procedure and company law, Weigall became renowned as an expert on the administration of trusts. Appointed a K.C. in 1906, he practised widely in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria. When he was offered a place on the Supreme Court bench about 1920, he refused it: he regarded himself as an equity specialist, and was averse to criminal cases because of his opposition to capital punishment. In 1923, however, he did accept an appointment as acting judge: he was excused criminal matters and actually sat in chambers. Learned, capable and cautious, he was well regarded by his colleagues.

A kindly, humorous and witty man, charming and courteous, Weigall 'never lost a friend or made an enemy', according to (Sir) Isaac Isaacs. These two men had been close since they were law students and academic rivals; another friend from school years was (Sir) Edward Mitchell. Weigall was a vigorous man of simple tastes and boyish enthusiasms, with a spare frame and bright, blue eyes. He loved monthly bushwalks with members of the Wallaby Club; he played tennis all his life and in 1909-26 was president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria; cycling was another abiding pleasure. A sociable man, he was a member of the Bohemian, Melbourne, Royal Yacht and Royal Melbourne Golf clubs. He was also active in the affairs of his old school.

His daughter Joan Lindsay commented that although her father was 'a firm believer in stabilised marriage, the Church of England, Debentures and the Melbourne Club', he was in small matters somewhat heedless of conventions. Thus, he rode an out-of-date pushbike and apparently liked shabby, old clothes. She attributed this fondness for the unconventional and old-fashioned to his à Beckett heritage. Weigall died suddenly of pneumonia at his St Kilda home on 8 June 1926 and was buried in Brighton cemetery; his estate was sworn for probate at £63,699. He was survived by his wife, who later married Professor T. G. Tucker, three daughters and a son.

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Theyre à Beckett Weigall, Barrister & Judge's Timeline

February 10, 1860
Elsternwick, Glen Eira City, Victoria, Australia
February 7, 1891
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
November 16, 1896
Saint Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
June 8, 1926
Age 66
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia