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Sir Ninian Stephen
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20th Governor-General of Australia
In office
29 July 1982 – 16 February 1989
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Bob Hawke
Preceded bySir Zelman Cowen
Succeeded byBill Hayden
Justice of the High Court of Australia
In office
1 March 1972 – 11 May 1982
Nominated byWilliam McMahon
Preceded bySir Victor Windeyer
Succeeded bySir William Deane
Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
In office
30 June 1970 – 29 February 1972
Personal details
Born(1923-06-15)15 June 1923
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died29 October 2017(2017-10-29) (aged 94)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s)Valerie Sinclair (1949–2017)
ProfessionBarrister, Judge
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Army
Years of service1942–1946

Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, (15 June 1923 – 29 October 2017) was 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]

Stephen died in Melbourne on 29 October 2017, aged 94.[2][3][4]


  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)." 
  2. "Sir Ninian Stephen, former governor-general, dies, aged 94". Sydney Morning Herald. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  3. "Former governor general Sir Ninian Stephen dies aged 94". The Guardian. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  4. Bevege, Alison (29 October 2017). "Australian former governor-general and peacemaker Ninian Stephen dies at 94". Reuters. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 

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