QUEENSLANDER Susan Kiefel will be the first woman to serve as the Chief Justice of the High Court.
Justice Kiefel has served on the court since September 2007, having also served as a judge in the Federal Government and the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Justice Kiefel was also the first woman in Queensland to be appointed Queen's counsel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Justice Kiefel's tale was one of inspiration.
After leaving school at 15, she worked as a legal secretary before studying law part-time.
The High Court now has three women on the seven-judge bench, following the addition of Justice Michelle Gordon last year.
Justice Kiefel once described herself as a "lonely tree" among a forest of men during her early years at the Queensland bar, but that women were now "part of the landscape".
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