Category Archives: VDL

Supreme Court 1828 – 1831

In 1819 Thomas Bigge had been sent to New South Wales by Lord Bathurst to examine the effectiveness of transportation as a deterrent to felons. He was  to investigate all aspects of the operation of the Colony, including the judicial … Continue reading

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Supreme Court 1824 – 1828

May 1824 was a significant month in the evolution of the administration of justice in Van Diemen’s Land. After 20 years of being a dependency of the colony of New South Wales, the first step towards independence was about to … Continue reading

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Prelude to the creation of the VDL Supreme Court

From the early 1600s to 1782 Britain was able to send criminals to its colonies in America. However, the War of Independence put an end to that arrangement and the Government found itself in need of an alternative destination to … Continue reading

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Magistrates – 1803-1824

The background to the operation of the justices of the peace in Van Diemen’s Land goes back to 1787 and the First Charter of Justice for the Colony of New South Wales. This document provided that Justices in New South … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Governor’s Court Van Diemen’s Land 1815-1823

In July 1812 the House of Commons published the Report of the Select Committee on Transportation; The Committee had been set up to inquire into the effectiveness of sentences of transportation and other matters in the Colony of New South … Continue reading

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