The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Pennefather, Frederick William
Pennefather, Frederick William, B.A., LL.D., younger son of Edward Pennefather, Q.C., of Dublin, was born on April 29th, 1852, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1874, LL.M. 1877, LL.D. 1891. He entered at Lincoln's Inn in Dec. 1874, and was called to the Bar in Nov. 1877. He went the south-eastern circuit, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1878. He was private secretary to the Governor of South Australia from 1881 to 1883, and to the Governor of New Zealand from 1883 to 1886. He was one of the Commissioners for New Zealand at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886; was appointed Lecturer on Laws in the University of Adelaide in 1887, and Professor of Laws in 1890. He is the joint author of "Pennefather and Brown on the Civil Code of New Zealand."