The Port Phillip magistrates, 1835-1851

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Rangelov, James Theodore Ivan (2005) The Port Phillip magistrates, 1835-1851. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

Social histories of how people lived in the early years of the Australian colonies have generally underestimated the significance of the magistracy. This dissertation undertakes a detailed legal examination of a sample of the cases brought before the magistrates of the Port Phillip District, as Victoria was then known, in the 1830s and 1840s. Extant magisterial records demonstrate the crucial importance of these 'gentlemen', so styled, in enforcing collective norms of behaviour, stabilising an otherwise disorderly population in raw conditions, and thereby providing a bridge between English and colonial social structures.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15359
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Current > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Current > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Keywords Judges, Victoria, History, Justice, Australian history, colonial Australia, magistrates, legal cases, law enforcement
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