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Chancellor receives national honour

Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC

The Chancellor of Charles Darwin University and Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas, has been awarded Australia’s highest honour in the 2014 Australia Day Honours List.

Her Honour received the Companion (AC) in the General Division for eminent service to the people of the Northern Territory, particularly to the judiciary and social justice, to the advancement of women in the legal profession, to youth, and to the promotion and development of tertiary education.

The Chancellor has combined her professional interest in the law and in education throughout her adult life. She was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1963 and subsequently to the High Court of Australia.

Her Honour moved to the Northern Territory in 1978 to take up an appointment as Stipendiary Magistrate. She served as Magistrate and then Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory, a position she held from 1986 to 1992.

She later became the first female judge in the Northern Territory and was a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory from 1992 to 2009.

Her Honour has a strong interest in the tertiary education of Territorians and was Deputy Chairman of the Northern Territory College of Queensland University and then a Member of the then Northern Territory University Council from 1989 to 2003. In 2003 the Northern Territory University changed its name and became part of the expanded Charles Darwin University. Her Honour was appointed to the Council of CDU and elected Deputy Chancellor. She was appointed Chancellor of the University on 1 January 2010, a position she still holds.

In June 2000 Her Honour was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the community, particularly through the Northern Territory Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship Committee, to tertiary education, and to the law.