The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Real, His Honour Patrick
Real, His Honour Patrick, Puisne Judge, was born at Limerick, Ireland, in March 1847, and was taken to Australia as an infant in 1851. His father died on the voyage out, and his mother settled in Ipswich, Queensland, where he was apprenticed to a carpenter. Subsequently he was employed in the Ipswich railway workshops until, at the age of twenty-one, he formed the idea of becoming a barrister. Relinquishing his trade, he devoted himself to study, and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in Sept. 1874, and practised with success. In Feb. 1878 he was appointed Crown Prosecutor for the Central District of Queensland, and, on the death of Mr. Justice Mein, in 1890, a Puisne Judge.