OUR NEXT SEMINAR – PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECT DATE.
History of the Legal Profession in NSW, on Thursday 19 September 2019, to be delivered by The Chief Justice, the Hon T F Bathurst AC.
Venue: Banco Court (on Level 13 of the Law Courts Building in Queen’s Square, Sydney).
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The Society welcomes donations to support research activities, such as that outlined in the Current Research Page of this Website. Anyone wishing to donate should download the following form: Forbes Fund Donation Form
We are very grateful to Professor Anne Twomey who delivered the 2019 Forbes Lecture on Wednesday 5 June 2019 . Further details are in the Forbes Lecture Page of the website.
Latest edition of the Forbes Flyer prepared by David Ash is available now:
The Flyer deals in part with the career of Pitt Cobbett and is well worth a read.
A Recent Publication of Note:
The result of a long term research project by Malcolm Oakes SC is now available. It is a List of non-practice published works by members of the New South Wales Bar. This is a fascinating account of the many contributions to Australian social and literary life made by barristers. It is well worth a look at the following link: List of non-practice published works by members of the NSW bar
The list is alphabetical by author and includes man well known barristers, including CEW Bean, HV Evatt, Ian Barker QC and many others.
RESULTS of the 2018 Essay Competition are available on the Essay Competition page of the Website. Prospective essayists are encouraged to begin researching possible topics for 2019!!!
The 2018 AGM was held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 5:15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.
Click on the following link for the Annual Report which outlines the various activities of the Society: ANNUAL REPORT 2018 – 13.11.18
The Society aims to bring together scholars, lawyers and the general public interested in Legal History. It sponsors lectures, competitions, research projects and a variety of seminars and discussion groups.
Please view our section About Us for information concerning our Council members.
Sir Francis Forbes was the first Chief Justice of New South Wales and worked hard to establish the legal framework for the new colony. Further details are in our Biography Section.
The Society is dedicated to studying and documenting the history of Australian law and encourages its members to participate actively in its affairs, including in developing any projects that the Society might support. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary of the Society (email@example.com) if you have a project that you wish to bring to the attention of the Society.
From time to time the Society convenes for its members and friends a “Legal History Discussion Group” meeting in the premises of the NSW Bar Association. These meetings (held in the evening, commencing at 5.30pm and concluding no later than 7.00pm) provide a forum in which people interested in legal history can learn of recent developments, present papers and exchange ideas.
This database contains information on all 3,171 capital convictions handed down in New South Wales from 1788-1954. Nearly one third of those convictions resulted in executions.
The database contains searchable particulars on prisoner, victim, conviction, and execution. These categories can be used in tandem, allowing the researcher to narrow down specific criminal cases, or track patterns over time. A general search function finds hits in the entire database.
We hope that it will herald future projects in law, history, criminology, socio-legal studies, and genealogy.
The Capital Convictions database was funded by the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. The database brings together a wealth of material collected through many years of historical research. The database is the compilation of the research of Dr Ken Macnab (University of Sydney), Sydney solicitor and barrister Tim Castle, and Dr Amanda Kaladelfos (Arts NSW Archival Research Fellow and Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University). This project greatly benefited from the research assistance of students and graduates of the University of Newcastle and University of Sydney: Justin Gill, Bianca D’Angelo, Emma Warren, Sarah Dunstan, Courtney O’Regan, and Joe Campbell.
Clink on the link: http://research.forbessociety.org.au/ to access to the database
The Select Cases 1828-1863 Project, undertaken by the Forbes Society in conjunction with Macquarie University, through ongoing work of Brent Salter and Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher in consultation with Dr Lisa Ford, has advanced to a stage where, subject to funding, the Society can proceed to publication. The Society hopes to be able to move, in 2013, towards publication of two volumes following upon Kercher and Salter (eds), The Kercher Reports: Decisions of the New South Wales Superior Courts, 1788 to 1827 (Forbes Society, 2009/2010).