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Main Title: Barristers solicitors pettifoggers : profiles in Australian colonial legal history / Simon Smith.
Author: Smith, Simon, author.
Publisher: Elwood, Vic. : Maverick Publications,
Collation: ix, 223 pages : illustrations, 1 portrait, facsimiles, paperback ; 24 cm.
Summary: Introduction -- Horatio Nelson Carrington: the eleventh apostle -- Sidney Stephen: escape from a 'moral tomb' -- James Erskine-Murray: adventurer advocate -- John William Thurlow: a queerish worthy -- William Thurlow: the mandamus made Mayor of Sydney -- Conclusion.

In the two hundred and twenty-five years since 1788, lawyers have carved out a prominent and respected place in the life of Australia. It has not always been so. The first lawyers to arrive in 1788 were convicts. It took a further four decades before 'free' trained lawyers began to arrive in the colony. Even so, the reputation of the profession was poor; too many lawyers were seen as 'Pettifoggers'. It took time for the profession to win community respect; a task that is never finished. This book canvasses the start of that journey with a focus on the general period 1820-1850. It explores what brought the early lawyers to Australia, the communities they found and how they fared. It takes as a particular focus five lawyers who pushed the boundaries and were disciplined as a result. These previously untold stories provide a fascinating insight into colonial Australia, the development of the legal profession and the rule of law.
Subject: Law and lawyers
ISBN: 9780646920559
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-214) and index.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 340 BIO SMI Available