QMT mourning principal’s passing

Quinlan Miller & Treston (QMT) Lawyers is mourning the loss of former principal Thomas “Tom” Michael Treston, who passed away on Easter Sunday.

The Brisbane firm dates back to May 1899 with the admission of Ernest Quinlan, who was later joined in practice by Albert Miller in 1929, and in 1957 by Tom Treston.

An Honorary Member of the Queensland Law Society, Tom died aged 94 and was considered by many as a stalwart of the profession.

He is also being remembered by Marist College Ashgrove as a former student and the inaugural recipient of the Arthur Apelt Memorial Service Award in 2014 for an old boy “who has been outstanding in living the spirit of Marist through their generosity, goodwill and especially their dedicated service”.

In a Marist College Ashgrove Old Boys Association social media post, it says “Tom was easily identified as the first recipient.”

He studied Arts Law at the University of Queensland and spent his entire legal career at the one firm.


He was admitted by the Supreme Court of Queensland more than 70 years ago and followed into the law by his daughter Rebecca Treston KC, a former President of the Bar Association of Queensland, and his grandson Jack and grand-daughter Emily, both solicitors at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

Tom’s funeral mass will be held in the Champagnat Centre, Marist College Ashgrove, 142 Fraser Road, on Monday, 8 April at 10am. Visit to view the live stream.

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