Justice Stanley Taylor joined the Labor Party at the age of 17. He studied law and worked for the NSW Public Service for 21 years before being admitted to the bar in 1934. After a number of years in private practice as an industrial barrister specialising in workers compensation, Taylor was appointed to the NSW Industrial Commission as president in 1942, a position he held until his retirement in 1966. Taylor’s tenure was not without controversy but he is remembered as an effective conciliator and a supporter of labour and the Police Association. In 1946 he handed down the first police award and presided over subsequent applications. This award subsequently served as the basis for other police awards throughout Australia. After his retirement, Taylor remained an outspoken voice on industrial relations issues. He died on 9 August 1982.