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Profile: Philip Opas AM OBE QC
Born: 1917  
Admitted to practice: 1942  
Signed the Bar Roll: 1946  
Took silk: 1958  
Retired: 1973  
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Biography: Philip Henry Napoleon Opas was born in Melbourne on 24 February 1917 and died on 25 August 2008. His antecedents were Portuguese and Jewish; his accountant father Joseph Opas was the first to recommend to the Victoria Police... read more +  
Interview topics
  Ryan hanging Pt 1 The man and his mother.
  Ryan hanging Pt 2 Capital punishment.
  Ryan hanging Pt 3 The eve of the hanging.
    An application to Mr Justice Starke.
  The baby in the
rubbish chute
A nurse charged with the murder of her newly-born baby.
  The prostitute client "A remarkable woman".
  Early times  
  Childhood A boxing match.
    Why study law?
  Beginning legal practice Roy Schilling.
    "A young man in a hurry".
  World War II War service.
  Early years at the Bar Chambers and role models.
  Judges & colleagues Pt 1 Justice Martin.
    The power of Shakespeare.
    Woodsie Lloyd QC.
  Judges & colleagues Pt 2 Justice Frederick Gamble and painting.
Sir Charles Lowe.
  Leaving the Bar  
  Resigning from the Bar Charged by the Ethics Committee.
  Lawyers' epitaphs ‘Lawyers write their epitaph on water, and it disappears with the next tide’
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