Proctor : October 2016
7 PROCTOR | October 2016 News LEGAL OFFICES FOR LEASE • Offices from 50 – 2,000 sqm • Barristers Chambers for 1-4 persons • High quality end-of-trip facilities • Opposite State and Magistrates Courts • Short & long term leases • Fitted & non fitted options • Lease incentives Nick Davies M: 0404 834 247 Stuart Moody M: 0421 323 051 420 GEORGE ST BRISBANE Rescue bid for Atkin monument Members of Brisbane’s legal fraternity have joined a rescue attempt for a monument linked to Queensland-born Lord James Richard Atkin, whose lead judgment in the landmark case of Donoghue v Stevenson established the modern tort of negligence. The monument, nestled behind the rectory of an Anglican Church in suburban Sandgate, stands over the graves of his father, Robert Travers Atkin, and his aunt, Grace I Atkin. Supreme Court Justice Peter Applegarth and local lawyer Ray Brown are among members of a working group from the Sandgate and District Historical Society attempting to save the sandstone monument from the ravages of time and damage from a large camphor laurel tree in the grounds of an adjoining state school. Ray said the monument, erected toward the end of the 19th Century, was in quite a poor state. Tree roots had undermined and damaged the slab on which it stands and the micro-climate created by the enormous tree had resulted in lichens and fungus getting into small cracks in the porous sandstone slab. He said the monument was heritage-listed with the Brisbane City Council, and the council’s heritage team has raised a number of concerns. The working group was consulting an arborist on whether the tree damage was likely to continue, which would prompt a decision on possible relocation, and advice from a stonemason had also been sought. Ray said that Robert Atkin and his wife, Mary, first moved to Queensland about 1865, taking up land near Rockhampton. However, Robert was injured in a riding accident and the couple came to Brisbane, where Robert became a journalist and politician. The future Lord James Atkin, the eldest of three boys, was born in Tank Street, Brisbane, in 1867. Although Robert was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1868, he soon lost the seat following a challenge because he was not enrolled. In 1871 his wife and the three children returned to Wales, due to the ill health of their youngest child. In 1872 he moved to Sandgate, while his wife and children returned in April of that year, just a month before his death. Mary Atkin and the three children then returned to Wales. While the future of the monument is uncertain, the working group is keen to hear from anyone who would like to support its restoration. Please email Ray Brown: email@example.com.