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An unusual start, but 50 years’ service brought up in style

Narrabri JP gets certificate of thanks from state government

A JOB WELL DONE: State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries presents Narrabri JP Hugh Palmer with a certificate of thanks from the state government for Mr Palmer’s 50 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace.

A two-week period of unemployment more than 50 years ago is the reason Hugh Palmer has brought up a significant anniversary.
Mr Palmer has been presented with a certificate of thanks from the state government for 50 years' service as a Justice of the Peace.
He is one of the state’s longest-serving JPs - but it very nearly didn't happen.
Mr Palmer was a lawyer in Sydney and in the 1960s that disqualified him from becoming a JP.
But in 1966 he quit that job to move to Narrabri.
"So for a period of two weeks, I was unemployed," he said.
"That's when I was able to be sworn in as a JP (the actual date was October 19, 1966) and I was one of the few people who was a lawyer and a JP."
That law was eventually changed so today members of the legal profession can also become JPs.
But why did he want to become one in the first place?