Magistrate Donna MacCallum, who was Queensland’s second longest-serving magistrate, passed away on Tuesday night after a short illness.
Magistrate MacCallum was appointed a magistrate in 1991 and was the second female to be appointed as a magistrate. September this year would have marked her 30 years of service as a magistrate.
Her Honour was the Coordinating Magistrate at Ipswich from 2001 to 2021, and pioneered the introduction of the first Murri Court at Ipswich in 2007.
Chief Magistrate Judge Terry Gardiner paid tribute to Magistrate MacCallum, saying that she demonstrated tremendous leadership acting as Deputy Chief Magistrate for various periods from 2002 to 2008, and also acted briefly as Chief Magistrate in 2005.
“Magistrate MacCallum was a wonderful person with a terrific sense of humour and a very valued member of the Magistrates Court who will be sadly missed,” His Honour said.