Open main menu

Owen Edward John Walsh is a former Administrator of the Australian territory of Norfolk Island.

Owen Walsh
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
2 October 2008 – 30 March 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralQuentin Bryce
Preceded byGrant Tambling
Succeeded byNeil Pope
Personal details
Born
Owen Edward John Walsh
NationalityAustralian
Spouse(s)Bianca Walsh
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
ProfessionLawyer

Son of John ("Jack") Melvyn Walsh (1923-1972) and Beverley Dawn Essen (1928-2011).

Walsh was educated at the Hutchins School, and then attended the University of Tasmania, from which he graduated with degrees in Arts and Law. He worked as a barrister and solicitor for the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and as a senior policy adviser and legal officer for the Attorney-General's department, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, and the Australian Antarctic Division.[1]

On Norfolk Island, Walsh was Official Secretary to the Administrator, Tony Messner, from 1999 to 2003, and again from January 2006 to Administrator Grant Tambling. When Tambling retired in 2007, Walsh was made Acting Administrator of the island on 7 August.[2] He was sworn in as Administrator by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce on 2 October 2008.[3] On 30 March 2012, Walsh stepped down as Administrator at the conclusion of his term, and was succeeded by Neil Pope. Walsh indicated he would resume his legal career in Canberra.[4] Walsh became the in-house legal adviser for Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

ReferencesEdit