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TINNEY, Frederick Gordon (1931-2019)

TINNEY, Frederick Gordon (1931-2019)

Frederick Gordon Tinney died on 24 July 2019 at the age of 88. After College, Frederick studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws. He was a resident at Ormond College during his undergraduate days.

Following graduation, he returned to his hometown of Ballarat and became a partner in the firm Nevett Glenn and Tinney until moving to Melbourne and going to the Victorian Bar in 1962. He had a common law practice at the Bar and was also counsel assisting in a number of Royal Commissions before being appointed a prosecutor for the Queen in the mid-1970s. He worked in that role until 1982, when ill health intervened. He retired with his wife and lived between houses in Queenscliff and Kew.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis (nee Gribble), and their four sons, three of whom followed their father into the law. One is a suburban solicitor and two are judges, Judge Michael Tinney of the County Court of Victoria and Justice Andrew Tinney of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Sources: M. Tinney Ad Astra December 2019.
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