Early NSW Legislative Council papers online

A useful source for legal historians: the First Council. Via the NSW parliamentary site we can now look at papers from the First Legislative Council. According to the site it includes  ‘tabled papers, SMH newspaper reports of debates, and documents relating to the administration of the First Council (classified as “non-tabled papers”)’.

Hat Tip: History at Newcastle.

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AGM UTS Sydney 11 May 2017

Dear members

The society’s 2016 AGM is scheduled for 5.40pm in the Law School at University of Technology Sydney.  This is Building 5B in Room 3.18.

We strongly encourage our Sydney members and near Sydney members to attend.

UTS is conveniently situated with lots of public transport so you don’t have to deal with the Sydney peak hour.  Advice about how to get there and a campus map are available here.

A notice of constitutional amendment so we can return to our traditional practice of holding our AGMs in tandem with our annual conference, and an agenda, have been emailed to all members in the past week.

If you are a financial member and did not receive the notice please respond here or email our president, libby.connors@usq.edu.au

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Announcing the latest recipient of the Sir Francis Forbes prize

Congratulations to Danielle Boaz, University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, who has been awarded the 2016 Sir Francis Forbes Prize for Australian legal history for a paper delivered at our Perth conference last December. For more information on the prize and this year’s winner see the Prizes and Scholarships page.

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New edition of law&history

A new edition of law&history is in press. The contents page is available under the ‘Journal’ tab.

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Expressions of interest in joining a law and history panel at the AHA conference July 2017

There is an opportunity to showcase the wonderful interdisciplinary work many of our members do at the Australian Historical Association conference which is to be held in Newcastle 3-7 July 2017.  The conference theme is Entangled Histories and we are keen to have some legal history-specific panels.  As the conference call for papers’ deadline is looming please send an abstract of your  proposed paper to libby.connors@usq.edu.au or to Diane.Kirkby@latrobe.edu.au by 30 March 2017.

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New work on the history of slavery

This new work may be of interest to members.

Granville Sharp’s Cases on Slavery

Andrew Lyall

The purpose of Granville Sharpe’s Cases on Slavery is twofold: first, to publish previously unpublished legal materials principally in three important cases in the 18th century on the issue of slavery in England, and specifically the status of black people who were slaves in the American colonies or the West Indies and who were taken to England by their masters. The unpublished materials are mostly verbatim transcripts made by shorthand writers commissioned by Granville Sharp, one of the first Englishmen to take up the cause of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery itself. Other related unpublished material is also made available for the first time, including an opinion of an attorney general and some minor cases from the library of York Minster.

Dr Andrew Lyall is a retired member of staff in Law at University College Dublin.

Hart Publishing are currently offering a discount to members here

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CFP: Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians

We note a CFP for the XXIIIrd Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians, to be held in Naples, 30 May-1 June 2017.  The theme is “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time”. The Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, ‘in order to propose new instruments of research’. More information is here, and the CFP closes 15 March.  Its somewhat short notice, but it is in Naples! Hat Tip: Legal History Blog.

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