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Lives of Australian Chief Justices Series

Lives of Australian Chief Justices is a series of historical biographies, written by the eminent Dr John Bennett. A selection of biographies is published each year, commencing from 2001. They may be purchased individually or as a set.

"These Lives ... are handy contributions to colonial history. "
Law Society Journal (NSW), September 2002

"The distinguished Australian legal historian, J M Bennett, has unparalleled experience in writing about the early judiciary and legal profession in Australia and he brings his experience to this immense undertaking. … The research that has gone into each volume is self-evident. … Each of these biographies is a work of great scholarship for which Dr Bennett should be congratulated. … The narrative is that of a legal historian and the explanation of the conduct of the subjects of these biographies from this perspective provides an invaluable contribution to the history of colonial Australia."
 Journal of Legal History, August 2005

"[The volumes] in Dr J M Bennett’s herculean endeavour of writing biographies of all pre-federation Chief Justices of the Australian states … are informed by detailed references to contemporary sources and are a product for Dr Bennett’s extensive searches of primary sources.
… Apart from the valuable record of sources that [these biographies] provide, Dr Bennett [produces] a view of the colonial judiciary from the perspective of a legal historian. … Writing biographies of judicial figures in this way provides valuable insights but may, perhaps, not tell the whole story. Yet no matter how these stories are told, recourse is certain to be had to this excellent series of biographies in telling them."
Journal of Australian Colonial History, 2006

See also the related title First Among Equals: Chief Justices of South Australia since Federation by John Emerson.

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