Tom Pauling

Thomas Ian Pauling, AO, QC (born 13 December 1946) is an Australian lawyer who is the former Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Thomas Ian Pauling

8th Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
9 November 2007  31 October 2011
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralMichael Jeffery AC CVO MC
Preceded byTed Egan AO
Succeeded bySally Thomas AM
Personal details
Born (1946-12-13) 13 December 1946
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s)Judith Therese (Tessa) Wilkinson
ChildrenFred Pauling
Zoe Pauling
Alma materSydney Law School

Born in Sydney, Pauling was educated at Drummoyne Boys' High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Sydney Law School (Syd). He was admitted to the Bar in New South Wales in 1969, and worked for the NSW Public Solicitor.[1] In March 1970, he moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory, where he practised as a barrister[2] and lived in Fannie Bay.[3]

He was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1984, and was Solicitor General of the Northern Territory from 1988 to 2007.[4][5]

In September 2007, he was appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory, replacing Ted Egan.[6] He was sworn in by the Governor-General of Australia, Michael Jeffery, on 9 November 2007.[7] His term expired on the 31 October 2011 when Sally Thomas was sworn in as the first female Administrator of the Northern Territory.[8]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2008, Pauling was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for his significant services to the Northern Territory.[9]


Government offices
Preceded by
Ted Egan
Administrator of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Sally Thomas
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