Lord Atkin was heavily involved in medico-legal issues. His first encounter with a doctor was with Dr Kevin O'Doherty, who attended his birth in 1867. Dr O'Doherty was a friend of Robert Atkin and an advocate of liberal democracy. He was a leading surgeon in Brisbane, and one of the first presidents of the Queensland Medical Society. As a member of Queensland Parliament he introduced Queensland’s first Public Health Act, championed the improvement of public health, and as an opponent of the traffic in Kanakas sponsored the Bill to stop their recruitment. 

In his lecture, Justice Keane will chart O’Doherty’s extraordinary life.

Join us for refreshments in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.

Registrations close 23 August—please bring your ticket for quick check-in.


CPD points: 1 point per hour, self-assessed (BAQ and QLS)

For more information:


The Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane