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Law in Context

Abstract from Volume 16 No 1 (1998) Misplaced Traditions: British Lawyers, Colonial Peoples

Of Wigs and Gowns: A Short History of Legal and Judicial Dress in Australia

Rob McQueen

This article provides an overview of the history of legal dress prevailing in Britain at the time of Australia's colonisation, and discusses how the recently established conventions were applied in the colony. It shows not only that "traditional" wigs and gowns were rarely worn in the colony, but that debates over the symbolism of power and the appropriateness of curial dress is a continuing tradition in both Australia and Britain.

 (1999) 16(1) Law in Context 31

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