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Sir William Deane
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22nd Governor-General of Australia
In office
16 February 1996 – 29 June 2001
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Paul Keating
John Howard
Preceded by Bill Hayden
Succeeded by Peter Hollingworth
Justice of the High Court of Australia
In office
25 June 1982 – 11 November 1995
Nominated by Malcolm Fraser
Preceded by Ninian Stephen
Succeeded by Michael Kirby
Personal details
Born 4 January 1931 (1931-01-04) (age 90)
Melbourne, Victoria
Spouse(s) Helen Russell
Children 2
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Barrister

Sir William Patrick Deane (born 4 January 1931) is an Australian lawyer and judge. He served as the 22nd Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1996 to 2001. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1977, and later that year was also appointed to the Federal Court of Australia. He was a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1982 to 1995.

Deane had a low profile during his five-year term, having no major constitutional issues, but did become notice by the global scale by officially opening the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Deane was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) on 10 August 1982, a few weeks after being appointed to the High Court.

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