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What is a notary public?

Notarial practice

Authentication of the notarial act

"Public documents" under the Apostille Convention


"My commission expires ..."

When a notary will decline to intervene

Affidavits, declarations and other documents

Copies of academic and education credentials

Foreign language documents

International wills

The origins of the notary's seal

About me

This site was last revised in October, 2021.

FANZCNNSSADavid Thomas Banner

3, Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn, South Australia 5062
Telephone: 0435 588 775
(International: + 61 435 588 775)

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Photo: David Thomas

I am a Notary Public practising in Adelaide, South Australia. I am a Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries and a Fellow of the Notaries' Society of South Australia.

On 29 October, 1982, Mr Justice Millhouse, of the Supreme Court of South Australia, ordered that I be "admitted to practise as a Public Notary" in the State of South Australia. I swore the oath of office on 4 November, 1982.

I practised in private practice, as a solicitor from March, 1974, and as a notary public from November, 1982. I retired from solicitor's practice on 30 June, 2016, and have since practised exclusively as a notary public. I remain a commissioner for taking affidavits in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

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