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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Horne, Hon. Thomas

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Horne, Hon. Thomas, formerly Puisne Judge, Tasmania, entered at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the Bar in 1827. Having emigrated to Tasmania, he was called to the Bar of that colony Feb. 22nd, 1830. He was honorary secretary of the political association formed in 1835 at Hobart Town, to obtain a redress of the grievances under which the colonists laboured, especially in regard to the employment of convicts as constables, and the substitution of military for common juries. Having been for some time previously Attorney-General, he was appointed a Puisne Judge in 1848, on the removal of Judge Montagu for misbehaviour in office. Whilst still on the bench, he was elected to the Legislative Council, on the concession of responsible government in 1856, for the district of Hobart, and was chosen president of that body, a position which he held from Dec. 1856 to Sept. 1859. In the following year he resigned the judgeship, retiring on a pension, and was in the following year returned to the second Parliament of Tasmania as a member of the House of Assembly. He died at Hobart on Sept. 23rd, 1870, aged 70.