Jerram, Mary - St Hilda's Collegiate School
School attended: St Hilda’s Collegiate School, New Zealand
Mary Jerram is the former State Coroner of New South Wales.
She was born in Dunedin and educated at St Hilda’s Collegiate School. Mary completed her Bachelor of Arts in languages at Otago University and then moved to Australia to teach while her children were young. She studied law and became a Legal Officer at the Independent Teachers’ Union (1980-1987).
Mary worked as a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission (1987-1994) and was appointed a magistrate in 1994. Moving to Gouldburn, Mary took the position of Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court NSW. In 2001 she retired and moved back to New Zealand to manage a farm.
After several years farming, Mary returned to Australia and was appointed the NSW State Coroner by the Attorney-General. This five-year appointment began in 2007. Mary worked with four other coroners at the Glebe and Westmead Coroners Courts. She has collaborated with the NSW Government to review the Coroners Act, introduced coronial training for all magistrates, and improved relationships with police and various government departments. Mary’s particular interests are in police operations and deaths in custody.
In November 2013 Mary Jerram completed her term as State Coroner, however she continues to serve as a locum at the request of the Chief Magistrate.