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Sir Ninian Stephen
20th Governor-General of Australia
In office
29 July 1982 – 16 February 1989
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
Bob Hawke
Preceded by Sir Zelman Cowen
Succeeded by Bill Hayden
Justice of the High Court of Australia
In office
1 March 1972 – 11 May 1982
Nominated by William McMahon
Preceded by Sir Victor Windeyer
Succeeded by Sir William Deane
Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
In office
30 June 1970 – 29 February 1972
Personal details
Born 15 June 1923 (1923-06-15) (age 96)
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Valerie Sinclair (1949–present)
Children 5
Profession Barrister, Judge
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Branch/service Australian Army
Years of service 1942–1946
Rank Lieutenant

Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, (born 15 June 1923) is an Australian jurist, civil servant, and politician. He served as the 20th Governor-General of Australia and as a Justice in the High Court of Australia.[1]


  1. High Court of Australia (2010). "About the Justices". Retrieved 7 May 2011. "Sir Ninian Stephen (born 1923). A Justice 1972–82. Joined Victorian Bar 1952 (QC 1966). Served with AIF, World War II. Judge Supreme Court of Victoria 1970–72. Governor-General of Australia 1982–89. Australian Ambassador for the Environment 1989–92. Chairman, Second Strand Nthn Ireland Peace Talks 1992. Judge International Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda since 1993. PC (1979)."

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