Hunter, Gordon (1863-1929)

Gordon Hunter was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia who ruled against the immigration department in the Panama Maru case in November 1913, providing the encouragement that led to the sailing of the Komagata Maru. Hunter was born in Beamsville, Ontario to immigrant Scottish and Irish parents. He was a gold medalist at the University of Toronto and practiced law there for three years before establishing himself in Victoria. His appointment as Chief Justice came in 1902 and continued until his retirement in 1927.

Sources: Shawnigan Lake Historical Society, Museum Muse, March 2009; R.E. Gosnell, A History of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), pp. 720-21; obituary in The Gazette, Montreal, 16 March 1929.