Journal Issue Contents

[2022] 9:1 law&history

  1. Elizabeth Bowyer, Taking the stand: Women as witnesses in New Zealand’s colonial courts, circa 1840-1900
  2. Bettina Bradbury, Dower’s uneven demise across nineteenth-century British settler colonies
  3. Murray Goot & Tim Rowse, The rise of Indigenous constitutionalism
  4. Fady JG Aoun, The battle to own racist trade marks and commercial imagery in colonial Australia
  5. Paula Jane Byrne, Mapping power: Yass and the law in the 1850s
  6. Hayden Thorne, From backlash to backtrack: How the supreme court reneged on the promise of ‘Furman v Georgia’
  7. Ben Schrader, The rise and fall of residential tenancy protection legislation in New Zealand, 1916-1961

[2021] 8:2 law&history

  1. Claudia B Haake, Sovereignty versus Citizenship: Haudenosaunee-Iroquois in the removal era
  2. Liz Conor, Traces of sovereignty: Plumes of smoke in colonial prints
  3. Paerau Warbrick, Price of citizenship for Maori: A matter of historical and legal context
  4. Katherine Ellinghaus, ‘If I had a home, I think I would have flower gardens around it’: The 1961 select committee on Voting Rights of Aborigines and the Mistranslation of Citizenship and Sovereignty in Western Australia
  5. Jennifer Jones, Acknowledging sovereignty: Settlers, right behaviour and the Taungurung Clans of the Kulin Nation

[2021] 8:1 law&history

  1. Kate Falconer, The right to possession of the body of the deceased: A history
  2. Marie Hadley, Historical contingency of cultural appropriation: Government order no. 7 (1831) and the trade in mokamokai
  3. David V Williams, Foodstuffs, famine and indirect rule in Tanganyika territory
  4. Mark Finnane, Chinese defendants in colonial criminal courts: Evidence from the prosecution project
  5. Georgina Rychner, Defences to intimate partner homicide: Historicising the relationship between provocation and temporary insanity in Victoria, Australia
  6. Stuart E Dawson, Ned Kelly outlawed: The Victorian Felons Apprehension Act 1878

[2020] 7:1 law&history

  1. Philip Girard, The contrasting fates of French Canadian and indigenous constitutionalism: British North America, 1760-1867
  2. Bevan Marten, Confronting British bullies: Shipping law reform in Australia and New Zealand, 1888-1907
  3. Tim Soriano, ‘The peculiar circumstances of that settlement’: Burnaby’s code and Royal Naval rule in British Honduras
  4. Tim Calabria, The bungalow and the transformation of the ‘half-caste’ category in central Australia: Race and law at the limits of a settler colony, 1914-1937
  5. Anne Maree payne, ‘To the exclusion of the rights of the mother’: Legal barriers to Aboriginal mothering in the stolen generations era
  6. Emma Bellino, Married women’s nationality and the white Australia policy, 1920-1948


Greg Marks, Aboriginal land rights and the Hermannsburg controversy: Implications for self-determination


Professor Colin Tatz AO (1934-2019) (Christopher Brien)


Gender violence in Australia: Historical perspectives (Yves Rees)

Habeas corpus in wartime: From the tower of London to Guantanamo Bay (David Clark)

The lost boys of Mr Dickens: How the British empire turned artful dodgers into child killers (Matthew Allen)

[2019] 6:2 law&history

Editor’s Comments: Diane Kirkby


Alecia Simmonds, Archive Encounters

  1. Katie Woods, Whose archives?: Legal and ethical considerations in provenance, ownership and responsibility
  2. Mary Spongberg, The maternal archive: Jane Austen and the Stoneleigh inheritance
  3. Katherine Biber, Little clues: Frances Glessner Lee’s archives of domestic homicide
  4. Ian McLean, The archival turn in contemporary art
  5. Kim Rubenstein and Andrew Henderson, Record and recollection: Women’s active citizenship and national archives
  6. Lars Rutz, The Stasi archive: My life in a surveillance file


The Oxford edition of Blackstone’s: Commentaries on the laws of England: Book I, II, III, and IV (John V Orth)

Selectors, squatters and stock thieves (Mark Finnane)

Challenges to authority and the recognition of rights: From Magna Carta to modernity (Jason Taliadoros)

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (Nicholas D. Brodie)

Law and the visual: Representations, technologies, critique (Anne Wagner)

[2019] 6:1 law&history

Editor’s Comments: Diane Kirkby

  1. Mark Lunney, Innovation in the Shadows of Deference: Urban Environment and the Law of Tort, 1901-1945
  2. Eugene Schofield-Georgeson, Resistance and Reform: Shared Relationships and Common Interests Among the Subjects of Criminal Law in Colonial New South Wales
  3. Caroline Ingram, Constructing Gender in the Press: The Case of Audrey Jacob
  4. Ivan Lee, British Extradition Practice in Early Colonial Hong Kong
  5. Lyndsay Campbell and Heidi J.T. Exner, An Elusive Remedy: A Calgary Chiropodist Complains of Libel, 1916
  6. Brett Heino, The Engine of Antipodean Fordism: Australia’s Metal Trades Award, 1947-1963


Rachel Standish Colonial Violence, Humanitarianism and the Colonial Present, Review of Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World, Philip Dwyer and Amanda Nettelbeck (eds); Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance: Protecting Aborigines Across the Nineteenth Century Empire, Alan Lester and Fae Dussart; The Protectors, Stephen Gray


Eugene Schofield-Georgeson, By What Authority? Criminal Law in Colonial New South Wales, 1788–1861 (Bruce Kercher)

Hidetaka Hirota, Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Andrew Markus)

New Zealand’s Empire, ed. Katie Pickles and Catharine Coleborne (James Keating)

Christina Twomey, The Battle Within: POWs in Postwar Australia (Sophie Loy-Wilson)

[2018] 5:2 law&history

Special Edition: The Criminal Trial in Australia: Offenders and Victims

Editor’s Comments: Mark Finnane

  1. Lisa Featherstone, Women’s Rights, Men’s Rights, Human Rights: Discourses of Rights and Rape in Marriage in 1970s and 1980s Australia
  2. Tanya Mitchell, The Rise to Prominence of the Victim in the Summary Criminal Jurisdiction in the Twentieth Century
  3. Lisa Durnian, Police Practices and the Judges’ Rules, 1926–1961
  4. Andy Kaladelfos, Gender, Victimisation and Prosecutorial Discretion in the Attrition of Sexual Offences
  5. Alana Piper and Lauren Vogel, Co-offenders Before the Court: The Joinder Effect in Victoria, 1861–1961
  6. Arlie Loughnan, Women’s Responsibility for Crime: Dynamics of Change in Australia since the Turn of the Twentieth Century


Nicole Graham Resource Frontiers Review of Ruth A. Morgan, Running Out? Water in Western Australia and Unstable Relations: Indigenous People and Environmentalism in Contemporary Australia, ed. Eve Vincent and Timothy Neale


Shaunnagh Dorsett, Juridical Encounters: Māori and the Colonial Courts 1840–1852 (Paul McHugh)

Protection and Empire: A Global History, ed. Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow and Bain Attwood (Tim Rowse)

Bernard Regan, The Balfour Declaration, Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine (Stuart Rees)

Brett Heino, Regulation Theory and Australian Capitalism: Rethinking Social Justice and Labour Law (Rowan Cahill)

Mark Lunney, A History of Australian Tort Law 1901–1945: England’s Obedient Servant? (Prue Vines)

[2018] 5:1 law&history

Editors Comments: Diane Kirkby

  1. Tim Rowse, The Moral World of the Native Mounted Police
  2. Isabella Alexander, Cartography, Empire and Copyright Law in Colonial Australia
  3. Danielle Boaz, Fraud, Vagrancy and the ‘Pretended’ Exercise of Supernatural Powers in England, South Africa and Jamaica
  4. Ann P. Hunter, Towards Amalgamationist Governance: Governor Hutt and Contradictions in British Colonial Policy Regarding Aboriginal People in Western Australia
  5. Peter Prince, ‘Australia’s Most Inhumane Mass Deportation Abuse’: Robtelmes v Brenan and Expulsion of the ‘Alien’ Islanders


The Myall Creek Massacre of 1838: Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity?

Ann Curthoys, Introduction

Mark Tedeschi, Speech at the Annual Myall Creek Memorial Ceremony on 11 June 2017 for Those Who Died in the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838

Jennifer Balint Naming Genocide in Law

Daniel Joyce Understanding the Myall Creek Massacre in the Terms of International Criminal Law


Mark Tedeschi, Murder at Myall Creek: The Trial that Defined a Nation (Alexander Cameron-Smith)

Ann McGrath, Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (Angela Wanhalla)

Jesse Adams Stein, Hot Metal: Material Culture and Tangible Labour (Emma Robertson)

[2017] 4:2 law&history

Special issue: Gender, intimacy and colonial violence

Editor’s Comments: Diane Kirkby

  1. Lyndall Ryan, Billibellary, the Formation of the Native Police Force in the Port Phillip District in 1837 and its Connection to the Batman Treaty of 1835
  2. Penelope Edmonds, Emancipation Acts on the Oceanic Frontier? Intimacy, Diplomacy, Colonial Invasion and the Legal Traces of ‘Protection’ in the Bass Strait World, 1832
  3. Angela Wanhalla, Intimate Connections: Governing Cross-Cultural Intimacy on New Zealand’s Colonial Frontier
  4. Anna Johnston, The Language of Colonial Violence: Lancelot Threlkeld, Humanitarian Narratives and the New South Wales Law Courts
  5. Amanda Nettelbeck, Interracial Intimacy, Indigenous Mobility and the Limits of Legal Regulation in Two Late Settler Colonial Societies
  6. Victoria Haskins, ‘A Troublesome Gin Like Annie’: Masculinity, Race and Intimate Violence in Federation-Era North Queensland


7. Julie Evans A Life ‘Unthinking and Undoing Colonialism’ Tracey Banivanua Mar (1974–2017)


8. Ben Saul Australian Trials of Japanese War Crimes Review of Georgina Fitzpatrick, Tim McCormack and Narrelle Morris, Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945–51


Penelope Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Ben Silverstein)

Cynthia Banham, Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens (George Williams)

Tanya Evans, Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales (Alecia Simmonds)

John Murphy, Evatt: A Life (Frank Bongiorno)

[2017] 4:1 law&history

Editor’s Comments: Diane Kirkby

  1. Mark Harris,  Waters v Commonwealth: The Lingering Traces of Historical Legislation That is ‘Ill-Advised or Mistaken, Particularly by Contemporary Standards’
  2. James Kirby,  ‘Conditional on a Bill of Rights’: Race and Human Rights in the Constitution of Botswana, 1960–1966
  3. Robyn Blewer,  Making Kiddies at Home in Court: Supporting Child Witnesses in Twentieth Century Australian Courtrooms
  4. Lachy Paterson,  The Te Waka Maori Libel Case of 1877
  5. Alana Jayne Piper,  To Judge a Thief: How the Background of Thieves Became Central to Dispensing Justice, Western Australia, 1921–1951
  6.  Richard P. Boast,  The Native Land Court and the Writing of New Zealand History


Hannah Robert, Paved with Good Intentions. Terra Nulls, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law  (Alison Holland)

Marie Seong-Hak Kim, Law and Custom in Korea: Comparative Legal History  (Wilfrid Prest)

Sarah Wilson, The Origins of Modern Financial Crime: Historical Foundations and Current Problems in Britain  (Judith Grbich)

Kiera Lindsey, The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony  (Bettina Bradbury)

Kirsten McKenzie, Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order  (Anna Clark)

Lisa Featherstone and Amanda Kaladelfos, Sex Crimes in the Fifties (Mark Peel)

[2016] 3 law&history

Editor’s Comments: Diane Kirk

  1. Shaunnagh Dorsett, Metropolitan Theorising: Legal Frameworks, Protectorates and Models for Māori Govenance 1837–1838
  2. Renae Barker, ‘Under Most Peculiar Circumstances’: The Church Acts in the Australian Colonies as a Study of Plural Establishment
  3. Janine Pizzetti, Judging Protection: ‘The Unintentional Errors of an Unlearned Magistracy’, British Guiana and Port Phillip
  4. Eugene Schofield-Georgeson, ‘Mad’ Edwin Withers and the Struggle for Fair Trial Rights in Colonial New South Wales
  5. Bevan Marten, The Vice Admiralty Court of New Zealand: Imperial Neglect and Colonial Pragmatism, 1841 –1868
  6. Kathy Bowery, Speaking of Us, About Us and For Us: Telling Stories About Aboriginal Peoples From the Archive


Marcarena Saez (ed.), Same Sex Couples – Comparative Insights on Marriage and Cohabitation (Renata Grossi)

John P. Hamilton, Adjudication on the Gold Fields in New South Wales and Victoria in the 19th Century (Ian Leader-Elliott)

Angela Woollacott, Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (Stefan Petrow)

Patrick Wolfe, Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race (Lyndall Ryan)

Tracey Banivanua Mar, Decolonisation and the Pacific: Indigenous Globalisation and the Ends of Empire (Christopher Waters)

[2015] 2 law&history

Special Edition: Gender, Time and Place: Intersections between Law and History

Editors comments: Terry Threadgold

  1. Nan Seuffert, Contract, Consent and Imperialism in New Zealand’s Founding Narrative
  2. Charlotte Macdonald, People of the Land, Voting Citizens in the Nation, Subjects of the Crown: Historical Perspectives on Gender and the Law in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
  3. Abby Suszko, One Law for All? Contrasting Visions of Equality and Rights in the New Zealand Foreshore and Seabed Debate
  4. Julia Quilter, From Raptus to Rape: A History of the ‘Requirements’ of Resistance and Injury
  5. Erica Millar, Choice-Makers or Failures: Providing a Genealogy of Abortion Shame and Shaming
  6. Prue Vines, Annie Ludford, Postmistress: The Married Women’s Property Acts and Public Service Employment in 1890s New South Wales
  7. Diane Kirkby, Neither ‘Militarism’ nor ‘Patriotic Motherhood’: Gender, Law and Citizenship in a Nation at War, Australia 1914-1918


Eugene Schofield-Georgeson: Customs in Common Across the Seven Seas


Alan Lester and Fae Dussart, Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance: Protecting Aborigines Across the Nineteenth-Century British Empire (Richard Boast)

Shaunnagh Dorsett and John McLaren eds. Legal Histories of the British Empire: Laws, engagements and legacies (Catharine Coleborne)

Libby Connors, Warrior: A legendary leader’s dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier (Janine Rizzeti)

Grant Morris, Prendergast: Legal villain? (Peter Moore)

Jamie C. Kassler, The Honourable Roger North (1651-1734) On Life, Morality, Law and Tradition (Wilf Prest)

[2014] 1 law&history

Editor’s Comments

  1. Christopher Tomlins, The Confessions of Nat Turner: A Paratextual Analysis
  2. Shaunnagh Dorsett, The Precedent is India: Crime, Legal Order and Governor Hobson’s 1840 Proposal for the Modification of Criminal Law as Applied to Māori   
  3. Mark Finnane, Gun Control in a Strong State: the Legal Regulation of Firearms in Australia
  4. Stefan Petrow, ‘Military Police’, Bushrangers and the Struggle for Order in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1826
  5. Tracey Banivanua Mar, Making Sovereignty: Race, Crime and Madness in Queensland, 1870-1883
  6. Richard Boast, The Ideology of Tenurial Revolution: The Pacific Rim 1850-1950


Frederick Cooper, Citizenship Between Empire and Nation (Robert Aldrich)

Timothy Willem Jones, Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 (Joel Harrison)

Lauren Benton and Richard J. Ross (eds.), Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 (Tracey Banivanua Mar)

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