|Administrator of Norfolk Island|
2 October 2008 – 30 March 2012
|Preceded by||Grant Tambling|
|Succeeded by||Neil Pope|
Owen Edward John Walsh
|Alma mater||University of Tasmania|
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.
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. He was sworn in as Administrator by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce on 2 October 2008. 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. Walsh became the in-house legal adviser for Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
- Biography: Mr Owen Walsh Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Attorney-General of Australia, 20 February 2008.
- Appointment of New Administrator for Norfolk Island[permanent dead link], Minister for Home Affairs (Australia), 19 September 2008.
- Governor-General to Swear in New Norfolk Island Administrator Archived 2008-10-03 at the Wayback Machine, Governor-General of Australia, 30 September 2008.
- Norfolk Island Thank You and Sincere Best Wishes to His Honour Mr Owen Walsh and Mrs Bianca Walsh Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, Government of Norfolk Island, 23 March 2012.
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