Sir Redmond Barry

(1813-1880)

Sir Redmond Barry was a British Colonial Judge and was the first Solicitor General with a seat in the Legislative and Executive Counsils and he later held the office of Judge of the Supreme Court. Sir Redmond Barry was the founder of the university of Melbourne and was its first Chancellor. In 1860 he was knighted. His statue was erected in 1887.

Judge Redmond Barry sentenced Ned Kelly's mother to 3 years in jail for assisting in the attempted murder of a police officer. Judge Redmond Barry would later sentence Ned Kelly to hang. On sentencing Ned Kelly, Judge Barry concluded " and may the Lord have mercy on your soul", Ned retorted "I will see you there, where I go". Twelve days later Judge Barry collapsed and died in his chambers.