Began his education at the Catholic School in Parramatta (the beginning of Parramatta Marist). A brilliant student he moved onto a dames school then onto WT Capes School. He was articled to GR Nichols, editor of the “Australian”. He was elected to the New South Wales Parliament in 1856 and became Attorney General. He led the government as premier and attorney general from 1866 – 1868. Henry Parkes was part of his ministry.
he was knighted in 1869 and in 1872 became Chief Justice of New South Wales. He became an Anglican when he married. He and Lady Martin had 15 children, 8 sons and 7 daughters. Martin Place is named after him. He died 14 November 1886. (See Australian Dictionary of Biography.)
Brian one of the gifted class of 1955. He came 10th in the State in Modern History. He went on to study law at Sydney University (1st Class Honours) and Harvard law School. After leaving Harvard he became a legal counsel with IBM in New York City.
On returning to Australia he worked as a solicitor with Allen Allen & Hemsley. In 1967 he became a barrister and was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1981. In 1994 he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. He retired from the Bench in 2009. In 2011 he headed the royal commission-style inquiry that was investigating the former Labor government’s $5.3 billion sale of NSW electricity assets.