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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Noel, Wriothesley Baptist

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Noel, Wriothesley Baptist, sometime Judge of the Court of Insolvency, Victoria, was the eldest son of the Rev. Baptist Wriothesley Noel, tenth son of Sir Gerard Noel Noel, Bart., by Jane, eldest daughter of Peter Baillie, of Dochfour. He was born on August 15th, 1827, at Walthamstow, Essex, and entered at Trinity College, Cambridge; but left the university without taking a degree, owing to being incapacitated for study by an accident. He entered at the Middle Temple in Nov. 1847, and was called to the bar in Nov. 1850. In Nov. 1852 he landed in Melbourne, and was appointed police magistrate at Kilmore, Victoria. In Jan. 1855 he was removed to Melbourne as police magistrate for the county of Bourke; and later in the year he was appointed Crown Prosecutor, becoming Deputy-Chairman of General Sessions in July 1857. Two years later he was appointed Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates, and in Feb. 1871 Judge of the Court of Insolvency under the new statute. He married, in 1858, at the John Knox Church, Melbourne, Margaret, daughter of John McKenzie, of Tain, Scotland, who died on June 6th, 1869. Judge Noel died on May 19th, 1886.