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Annois chooses quiet life


Cite as: (2004) 78(7) LIJ, p. 17

Former Law Institute councillor Richard Annois has retired from practice after 57 years with the one firm.

Mr Annois worked for Geelong firm Harwood Andrews – and its previous incarnations – from 1947 when he was an articled clerk in the firm’s Melbourne office to 30 June this year when he retired.

He completed his five-year articles in 1952 and was made a partner just two years later.

He practised for 20 years in the firm’s litigation and matrimonial areas and in the Magistrates’ Court as an advocate before becoming a commercial lawyer in 1973.

Mr Annois was also Geelong Law Association president and a member of the Law Institute Council in 1968.

One of his earliest memories of practice was having to fetch the tennis ball when it was hit over the rail of the Equity Trustees building roof in Bourke Street, Melbourne during lunchtime games of cricket.

Apart from his work with Harwood Andrews, Mr Annois was also a tireless contributor to the Geelong community.

He was Geelong Art Gallery president for 14 years and active in the creation of the statewide network of public galleries, earning him Membership of the Order of Australia in 1981.

His involvement in the visual arts included appointment by governments of both political persuasions as chairman of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, a position he held for seven years.

Mr Annois said he would now use his retirement to keep in touch with Harwood Andrews by writing the firm’s history, which dates back to 1850.


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