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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Walsh, Hon. Robert

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Walsh, Hon. Robert, son of Michael Walsh, a Dublin merchant, was born at Rathfarnham, near that city, and was educated at Chaill's Blackrock School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his degree in 1846, with a moderatorship in logic and ethics. In Nov. 1847 he was called to the Irish Bar, and in 1853 emigrated to Victoria, where he practised his profession at Ballarat for some years from 1855. In 1871 he entered the Legislative Assembly for Ballarat East, and was Attorney-General in the Duffy Ministry from July of that year till June 1872. At the following General Election he did not stand for Parliament, and has since devoted himself to the practice of his profession in Melbourne. In Dec. 1886 he was appointed Crown Prosecutor for the metropolitan district, and in 1892 conducted the case for the prosecution against the murderer Deeming.