• EAN: 9780975110348
  • 54 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Legal History

The Dowling Legacy

Foundations of an Australian legal culture 1828 to 1844


Product Description

This publication is a revised, edited transcript of the 2004 Forbes Lecture. The subject of the lecture was Sir James Dowling, Second Chief Justice of New South Wales, and the Supreme Court under his stewardship, and was given in two parts. T. D. Castle focuses on Dowling’s time in the Supreme Court and his contribution to the development of Australian legal culture, illustrated by case examples. Bruce Kercher examines the challenges Dowling faced in adapting English law to the new colony, in particular regarding a person’s legal status as an Aborigine, convict or free subject of the King.


The 2004 Forbes Lecture

The Chairman’s introduction

Andrew Tink MP

Justice Dowling and the work of the Supreme Court in the Dowling era

T.D. Castle

The Chairman’s remarks

Andrew Tink MP

Challenges in adaptation of early English law to early New South Wales

Bruce Kercher

Commentary from the Chair

Andrew Tink MP

Presentation by Wendy Robinson QC


The work of the Forbes Society

Geoff Lindsay SC

Appendix – Monarchs, governors and judges of New South Wales in the Dowling era

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