The Press and the 1847 Libel Act: the first criminal libel trials in New South Wales

Margaret Van Heekeren

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    Abstract

    In 1847 the New South Wales colonial government set the foundation of Australian defamation law with passage of the Libel Act. This article details the first two criminal libel cases to be tried following the Act's passage, R v Goode in Melbourne and R v Isaacs in Bathurst (NSW). Both cases involve newspaper proprietors and law enforcers. They reveal a clash between press and authority that, despite the new Act and the optimism of newspaper publishers, perpetuated a history of litigation by authority to control the early colonial press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-290
    Number of pages22
    JournalLegal History
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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