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George Campbell Addison (1862–1931)

Mr. George Campbell Addison, formerly Chief Industrial Magistrate, and author of several well-known legal works, died at a private hospital in Elizabeth Bay yesterday, after a brief illness. He was 68 years of age.

Born in Sydney, Mr. Addison was the eldest son of the late Mr. G. W. F. Addison, Senior Stipendiary Magistrate, and a grandson of Lieutenant-Colonel Addison, eldest collateral descendant of Joseph Addison, statesman, poet, and essayist. He was educated at Singleton, the Sydney Grammar School, and Sydney University, and was admitted to the Bar in 1888. A few years later he was appointed Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman, and on the passing of the first legislation relating to arbitration, was appointed Industrial Registrar. He also occupied the position of Chairman of Industrial Boards. In May, 1912, he was appointed Chief Industrial Magistrate for the State. He retired from this position about two years ago.

Mr. Addison was well known as the co-author of Hamilton and Addison's Crimes Act, and Addison and Patterson's Appeals from Magistrates. He was also the compiler of Addison's Criminal Digest and other legal publications relating to magisterial cases.

While at the University, Mr. Addison was a noted athlete and a first-class footballer. He was selected in 1882 as a member of the first Rugby Union team to represent New South Wales on a tour of New Zealand. Mr. Addison was a member of the Australian Club, the University Club, the Australian Jockey Club, and the Royal Sydney Golf Club. He is survived by Mrs. Addison, formerly Miss Beatrice Broughton, of Deniliquin, daughter of the late Mr. J. A. Broughton, and granddaughter of William Broughton, D.A. Commissary General, who arrived with the First Fleet under Governor Phillip; a son, Mr. Campbell Addison, who is studying law; and a daughter, Miss Hope Addison. Several brothers survive him, including Mr. Glentworth Addison, formerly Chamber Magistrate at Parramatta, Mr. Phillp Addison, formerly manager of the Commercial Bank, Maitland, Mr. L. M. Addison, Registrar of Probates, Mr. Raymond C. Addison, chief Inspector of the Bank of New South Wales in New Zealand, and one sister, Mrs. R. R. S MacKinnon, director of the Junior Red Cross.

The remains will be cremated at Rookwood at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

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7 October, 1862
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


29 April, 1931 (aged 68)
Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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