Australia Day awards honour regional lawyers

A Townsville judge and popular Rockhampton family solicitor have been recognised for their contributions to the legal profession in the 2023 Australia Day Honours List.

Longtime Rockhampton family solicitor Vicki Jackson and former Townsville solicitor and now Federal Circuit Court of Australia judge Christopher Bowrey today (Thurs 26 Jan) received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for their significant service to the law.

Australian Governor-General David Hurley this morning announced honours and awards for 1047 Australians, including awards in the Order of Australia, meritorious awards and recognition for distinguished and conspicuous service.

His Excellency said there were 736 awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, with 48% bestowed on women and 45% for people who work in local communities.

Townsville-based Federal Circuit Court of Australia judge Christopher Bowrey – a former Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor (2014-22) and QLS Family Law Committee member – has been awarded an OAM for his contribution to the law and his local community.

Justice Bowrey has been a faithful stalwart of the Townsville legal profession and community for more than 40 years as well as a QLS member and contributor.


He was admitted as a solicitor in 1978 and was the Family Law Special Counsel at Wilson/Ryan/Grose Lawyers at Townsville until being appointed to the judiciary in March 2021.

Highly-respected Rockhampton QLS accredited specialist in family law Vicki Jackson – also a recipient of Queensland Law Society’s 2014 Agnes McWhinney Award and QLS Senior Counsellor since 1996 – has been bestowed an OAM for outstanding contributions to the law and her local community.

Mrs Jackson joined the legal profession as an articled clerk at South Geldard Lawyers in 1974 and continued to blossom over a four-decade career at the firm where she was elevated to Director.

She has played an extremely active role in the law – having served as member of the QLS Ethics, Family Law and Family Law Specialist Accreditation committees.

Mrs Jackson has also been President of the Central Queensland Law Association since 1994 and provides pro bono legal services for local pony clubs, Riding for the Disabled, country amateur race committees and sporting groups.

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