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Law Rare Book Collection (University Of Melbourne) (1959)

The Law Rare Books Collection is an important collection of rare and early legal texts of research significance, not only to lawyers, but also to researchers of legal, social and cultural history. It has particularly strong holdings of early printed law texts, law reports, seventeenth-century political pamphlets, classic legal texts and material relating to Australian Federation and the early years of the Commonwealth. Its nineteenth-century holdings are a good representative example of a colonial lawyer's library and are significant for what they can tell us about the practice of law in early Victoria.

Themes: Peopling Victoria?s Places & Landscapes, Governing Victorians, Building community life, Shaping cultural and creative life