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Shanahan John Patrick

Male 1929 - 2012  (82 years)

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  • Name Shanahan John Patrick 
    Born 10 Aug 1929  ,Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Apr 2012  ,Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried 26 Apr 2012  ,,Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Obituary 2 May 2012  [2
    Person ID I9840  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 May 2018 

    Father Living 
    Mother Clarke Ellen Veronica,   b. 9 Sep 1903, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1978  (Age 74 years) 
    Family ID F3212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 10 May 2018 
    Family ID F3214  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Aug 1929 - ,Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Apr 2012 - ,Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Apr 2012 - ,,Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S101] Courier Mail, 24 APR 2012.
      SHANAHAN John Patrick Funeral notice 26APR2012 Funeral 82 Courier Mail (Brisbane) 24APR2012

    2. [S101] Courier Mail, 2 5 2012.
      Chief judge, barrister and soldier John Patrick Shanahan was born on August 10, 1929 in Brisbane, where he died on April 22, 2012

      PAT Shanahan's worth ethic and knowledge made him one of the state's best known laywers, but those who knew him loved him for his larrikin nature and irreverent humour.

      The genuine affection in which he was held was evident in the tributes that flowed after his death.

      Current chief judge of the District Court, Patsy Wolfe, said: "Pat Shanahan's integrity and decency marked his administration of the District Court. As a judge he was held in the highest esteem and affection by our profession."

      Terry Martin, SC, a judge and long-time friend, said Judge Shanahan's decisions were founded in common sense and a great understanding of human nature.

      But, he added, Judge Shanahan was a devoted family man, loyal friend and wonderful raconteur with great wit and intellect.

      He recalled Judge Shanahan had "insightful nicknames" for many.

      Judge Shanahan's funeral last week heard one of the favourite stories he liked to tell against himself, about the time when his staff ordered him a birthday cake.

      It was Ekka week and the cake came back iced: "Happy Birthday Cheese Judge" - much to Judge Shanahan's delight.

      The eldest of four sons to John and Ellen Shanahan, he was always close to his brothers Leonard, Brian and Kevin.

      Judge Shanahan attended St Columban's College at Albion at the same time as a later Chief Justice, John Macrossan.

      Money was tight but his family doubted Judge Shanahan's stories of having only one plate and one toothbrush between the four brothers.

      Nevertheless he, like many others of that era, left school after junior. He found work at the Harbours and Marine Department before studying at night for his senior certificate.

      He then met Jim Douglas, one of Brisbane's most famous lawyers, who asked him to read at his Inns of Court chambers, and in December 1951, was admitted to the bar.

      During this time he mixed with some of the soon-to-be great names of Queensland's legal profession, such as F.G. Brennan (later Sir Gerard Brennan), Dan Casey, Bernie Jeffries and Ochy North.

      At the Inns of Court Judge Shanahan also met the most important person in his life, his future wife Patricia Ryan, who worked for several barristers.

      Judge Shanahan visited Patricia to ask her to pin together the cuff of his Citizen Military Forces (army reserve) jacket.

      The jacket - with a now-rusty pin - was buried with Judge Shanahan last week.

      The couple married in 1956 and moved their growing family to Townsville in 1960.

      His legal career blossomed, culminating in him being Chief Judge of the District Court for five years until his retirement in August 1999.

      He was first appointed to that court in October 1972 as an acting judge and before becoming a fully fledged judge in December 1972 - the first resident District Court judge in Rockhampton.

      Before returning to Brisbane in the early 1980s, Judge Shanahan established the Rockhampton court as an efficient force and made lifelong friends with later judges Alan Demack, Stan Jones, Keith Dodds and Bob Pack.

      He served as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea in 1973, an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1991 and 1992), and also as a judge of the Planning and Environment Court.

      After he retired, Judge Shanahan headed several commissions of inquiry for the state government and the Queensland Law Society and for many years was the chair of the Covert Operations Committee.

      Judge Shanahan served in the Australian Army Legal Reserve from 1949 to 1984 and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration and the Reserve Force Decoration.

      He rose to the rank of Colonel and at one time was the Regimental Colonel of the Royal Queensland Regiment.

      After his retirement from the military, Judge Shanahan maintained a keen interest in military history and was made a life member of the Victoria Barracks Historical Society.

      Judge Shanahan also had a great interest in native plants and photography, which he was able to indulge after his retirement.

      A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife Patricia, the couple's six children and their families.