Born in New Zealand, Mary began her working life as a high school English teacher before moving to Australia to study law. Her career subsequently included stints as a legal officer at the Independent Teachers' Union and as a senior advocate at the Legal Aid Commission, rising to become Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales in 2000. At the end of 2001 Mary entered a period of semi-retirement, returning to live on a farm in New Zealand and commuting back to Sydney for brief periods of work. In October 2006 she returned to Australia as a full-time magistrate, and in May 2007 became the first female State Coroner of NSW. After six and a half years in this demanding role and more than 250 inquests, Mary retired in October 2013.
Retired State Coroner of NSW
Mary Jerram chats with Fenella Kernebone in The Studio after her talk at TEDxSYdney 2014. Mary Jerram is the former State Coroner of NSW. Born in New...
We may say we seek justice if we are wronged or lose a loved one. But if we're honest, do we actually seek revenge? Mary Jerram was...