Entrants in the 2017 Australian Legal History Essay Competition were invited to address any question of their own choice on “Australian legal history”.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS
The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Australian Legal History Essay Competition.
In the Tertiary Student category, the winner is Damian Morris from the University of New South Wales for an essay titled, “A brief legal history of the New South Wales monetary system”. Daniel will receive a prize of $1000 and an Abbeys Bookshop voucher to the value of $1000.
Special commendations go to:
- Amelia Loughland, University of New South Wales, who considered the case of In re Jane New  NSWSupC 11 and its implications (highly commended)
- Nanak Narulla, University of New South Wales, “Leadership from the Colony: Imprisonment for Debt Throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries in England and New South Wales” (highly commended)
- Joseph Abi-Hanna, University of New South Wales, who considered the law of coverture (commended)
- Krishna Nand, Macquarie University, “The Strength of a ‘British Legal Empire’: Resisting British interdiction on convict freedom in colonial NSW” (commended)
In the Senior Secondary category, the winner is Sanjana Kumar from Trinity Anglican School with an essay titled, “Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Australia’s Achilles Heel”. Sanjana will receive a prize of $250 together with an Abbeys Bookshop voucher to the value of $250.
In the Junior Secondary School category, the winner is Sophie Yeeun Ku from Pymble Ladies College with an essay on indigenous land rights.She will receive a prize of $250 together with an Abbeys Bookshop voucher to the value of $250.
All essayists are to be congratulated for their efforts. All will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition.
The Competition Guidelines for the 2018 Competition will be published on the website of the Forbes Society (www.forbessociety.org.au) within the next fortnight.
Date: 26 January 2018
Secretary, Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History