Graeme Johnstone

Graeme Johnstone

Graeme Johnstone was the state coroner of Victoria, Australia from 1994-2007. He retired on November 29 2007, and was replaced by Judge Jennifer Coate. He is noted for often personally visiting the scenes of deaths that fall within his jurisdiction.

He has held inquests into many famous deaths. He found that the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt drowned in the ocean near Portsea. This disappointed advocates of conspiracy theories, such as the hypothesis that he was kidnapped by a Russian submarine Fact|date=February 2007. He has also held a long-running series of inquests into the death of Jaidyn Leskie. [ [ The World Today - Domaszewicz contributed to death, Coroner finds ] ]

Upon his retirement, Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls praised Johnstone for his outstanding commitment to investigating deaths in custody. Johnstone will be coming out of retirement in February 2008 for the conclusion of the inquest into the disappearance and death of Louise and Charmian Faulkner who went missing in 1980.

Johnstone attended Monash University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence. [ [ New Victorian coroner a Monash graduate - (Monash Memo, 12 December 2007) ] ]


External links

* [ Coroner's Office of Victoria]

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