Forbes Society – 2022 Forbes Lecture (Wednesday 31 August) and other events


Dr Susan Bartie (University of Tasmania) will present the 2022 Forbes Lecture 'Legal Life Histories and the Creation of Legal Fields' on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 5.15pm in Court 13A (in person).

The Society is grateful to Chief Justice Bell for use of Supreme Court facilities. No registration is necessary for in person attendance, but the Court’s Covid regulations must be observed (mask wearing is required). If you are unable to attend in person, for online viewing please register here. After registering you will receive an email confirmation which contains the viewing link for the Court AVL system (note that joining with camera and sound is disabled for lectures).

Please direct any questions on the night to the Treasurer, Carol Webster SC, For other queries, please email

We welcome new member applications – a renewal/application form available is here which should be returned to the address on the form or by email to

The Society encourages and promotes research into Australian legal history via the Francis Forbes Fund. Projects supported by the Fund are detailed in the note here with further information about other forthcoming events, including:

  • Tuesday, 27 September 2022 – legal history tutorial by Dr Henry Kha “Unification of Australian Divorce Law under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959”
  • Thursday 27 October 2022 – 2022 Plunkett Lecture by Dr Patrick Graham

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