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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Stow, His Honour Randolph Isham

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Stow, His Honour Randolph Isham, sometime judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia, was the eldest son of the late Rev. Thomas Quentin Stow (q.v.), and was born in Suffolk on Dec. 17th, 1828. He came to Adelaide with his parents in 1837, and was educated at Mr. Wylie's school. He was articled to the legal firm of Bartley & Bakewell, with whom he became a partner, but commenced practice on his own account in 1859. Mr. Justice Stow was member for West Torrens in the Legislative Assembly from 1861 to 1862, for Victoria from 1863 to 1864, for East Torrens from 1867 to 1868, and for Light from 1873 to 1875. He was very successful in the practice of his profession, and was Attorney-General in the Reynolds Ministry from May to Oct. 1861, in that of Mr. Waterhouse from Oct. 1861 to July 1863, in that of Mr. Ayers from July to August 1864; and in the Blyth Government from August 1864 to March 1865. In 1875 Mr. Stow, who was a Q.C., and the leader of the Adelaide bar, was made a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia in succession to Mr. Justice Wearing, who was drowned in the Gothenburg. Mr. Justice Stow died on Sept. 17th, 1878.