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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Pohlman, His Honour Robert Williams

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Pohlman, His Honour Robert Williams, county court judge, Victoria, was born in London in 1811, and was called to the English Bar. In 1840 he arrived in Port Phillip, Vict., and in the next year was admitted to practise at the local Bar. When Victoria was separated from New South Wales, Mr. Pohlman was gazetted (July 1851) Master in Equity; and in Nov. following was nominated a member of the partially elective Legislative Council, then the single Parliamentary chamber. He acted as chairman of the Board of Education, and was the first county court judge appointed in Victoria. When responsible government was introduced in 1856 he retired from political life, and devoted himself to his judicial duties. He died on Dec. 6th, 1877, aged 66 years.