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Legal History of Australia and the United Kingdom


UK Historical Newspapers​

Court cases and commentary were often reported in newspapers of the time. The resources below contain digitised copies historical newspapers.


Australian Historical Newspapers​

Newspapers are sometimes the only publicly available record of a court case, especially for cases heard in the lower courts such as the Magistrates and County Court, or cases tried by a jury in any court.

Source: State Library of Victoria

The resources below provide access to historical national, regional and local newspapers.


UK Historical Journals and Indexes​

Journals may contain reports or commentary on legal issues. Some sources are listed below.


Australian Historical Journals​

Indexes can be useful to trace historical journal articles.

Sources of historical Australian journals include:


Finding Journal Articles

Indexes can be used to trace historical journal articles. Several relevant indexing databases are available: