2013, English, Thesis edition: Barron Field and the supreme court of civil judicature: law, personality and politics in New South Wales, 1816-1824 Solomon, Ronald Coleman, Humanities, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW

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  • Thesis
  • PhD Doctorate
Published
  • University of New South Wales. Humanities, 2013
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Barron Field and the supreme court of civil judicature: law, personality and politics in New South Wales, 1816-1824
Author
  • Solomon, Ronald Coleman, Humanities, Faculty of Arts &​ Social Sciences, UNSW
Other Contributors
  • Ford, Lisa, Humanities, Faculty of Arts &​ Social Sciences, UNSW
  • O'Brien, Anne, Humanities, Faculty of Arts &​ Social Sciences, UNSW
Published
  • University of New South Wales. Humanities, 2013
Physical Description
  • Thesis
  • PhD Doctorate
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Summary
  • My thesis traces the progress and selection of a man of middling class, a direct descendantof Oliver Cromwell, to appointment as judge in the superior court of civil law in the colonyof New South Wales in 1816. On arrival in the colony Judge Field chose not to accept thecompany of Governor Macquarie when he learnt this entailed associating with ex&​#8208;convicts.Instead, Field joined the exclusive society of free settlers dominated by John Macarthurwho pursued political beliefs of repression of emancipated convicts. Thereafter, anemancipist attorney commenced a political campaign against exclusives with Field as theirspokesman. This campaign began and ended in the courts as the only venue available forpolitical conflict. The campaign revealed the importance of the role of the courts incolonial society. Not only the free but recently freed and prisoners made use of the courts.As political conflict intensified it was observed by the Royal Commissioner sent out toinvestigate whether the colony was fulfilling its objective for convicts of being a place ofterror. The Commissioner recommended Field's recall. This was acted upon despite Field'sachievements in the reform and development of the civil law during his period in thecolony. On his return to London he was unable to secure further judicial appointment forsome years during which he returned to the Bar. Eventually after he secured a patronagain he obtained a posting to Gibraltar. There his tenure on the bench was marred byfurther disputation with the governor. As it happened in New South Wales he is sued by alitigant in Gibraltar. However the proceedings against him in the Privy Council weredismissed. His retirement followed and he pursued his many interests of botany, naturalscience and Elizabethan literature. For a time he was a noted Shakespeareancommentator. His death took place shortly after his retirement.
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