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Explore the links below to discover related resources in the Library's collections and exhibitions and additional resources located in other institutions.

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Frances Forbes Society for Australian Legal History

The aims of the society are to:

encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Australian law publish and promote, for the benefit of the public, books, journals, periodicals and other literary publications, arrange and promote, for the benefit of the public, continuing education and promote the compilation of authentic records relating to Australian and Indigenous law.

Supreme Court of New South Wales

A history of the establishment of the civil and military courts in New South Wales since 1788 and links to a list of Chief Justices of New South Wales.

Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University, one of the primary aims of the project is to publish the records of decisions made by the superior courts of New South Wales prior to 1900.

Documenting a Democracy

Website of the National Archives which provides access to 110 key documents relating to the founding of Australia. 

Memorandoms of James Martin

A first-hand account of the escape from Sydney in 1791 of convicts including James Martin, William Bryant and Mary Bryant, digitised from the University College London's Bentham Archive. 

On the Run: Daring Convict Escapes

This exhibition (2006) reveals - through manuscripts, printed books, artworks & relics - the varying fortunes of a number of escaped convicts, and explores prisoner rebellions and mutinies in the early colony.

Convicts: bound for Australia

This research guide takes you to key resources that document the early life of convicts including their crime, trial and sentence, and confinement in UK prisons or hulks before being transported. It also covers the voyage out to Australia.

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Law and Justice in Australia
Made possible through a partnership with Law Society of NSW, Public Purpose Fund, Allens Arthur Robinson, Clayton Utz, Freehills, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, Henry Davis York Lawyers