James Gobbo

James Gobbo

Sir James Augustine Gobbo, AC, CVO, KStJ, QC (b. 22 March 1931, Melbourne, Victoria) was an Australian jurist and was the 25th Governor of Victoria.


James Gobbo was born to Italian parents, who returned to Italy briefly before returning to live permanently in Australia in 1938.

Gobbo attended Xavier College before studying law at the University of Melbourne during which time he lived at Newman College. In 1951 he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, with which he attained a Master of Arts degree at Oxford University.

Gobbo married former librarian Shirley Lewis in 1957, and has five children. His son James Gobbo, Jr. was the Liberal candidate for the district of Bentleigh in the 2006 Victorian legislative election.

Judicial career

After many years as a barrister and later as a Queen's Counsel, Gobbo was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, which is the highest ranking court in the Australian State of Victoria. He served from 18 July 1978 until he retired from the bench on 28 February 1994.

Political career

Gobbo served as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1995 until he was appointed Governor of Victoria in 1997 by the government of Premier Jeff Kennett. He was the first Australian state governor of Italian descent.

In 2000 the new Premier Steve Bracks announced that Gobbo's successor would be John Landy, who would take up his post in January 2001. Gobbo immediately made it known that he had had an understanding with Kennett for an extension of his term beyond 2000, and expressed deep disappointment that this was not now to occur.

After leaving office, Gobbo took up the position of Commissioner for Italy for the Victorian Government until June 2006 and has since continued on various boards and councils.

As of 2006, he is the Chair of the Council of the National Library of Australia and the Council of the Order of Australia and Chair of the Australian Multicultural Foundation.


Gobbo was made Knight Bachelor in 1981 and became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1993 and a Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (KStJ) in 1997. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and is also a Knight of Malta (see [http://www.smom.org.au/pdf/Hospitaller%20P8.pdf] ).

ee also

* Judiciary of Australia
* List of Judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria
* Victorian Bar Association

External links

* [http://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au Supreme Court of Victoria Website]

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