The Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre is a state-of-the-art exhibition space open to the public on the ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane.
The Centre is curated by the Supreme Court Library Queensland as part of its heritage and education program. Its opening in August 2012, within the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, was the culmination of a decade of achievement for the Library’s Supreme Court History Program, which provided a formal structure for the preservation of Queensland legal history between 2000 and 2011.
The opening of the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre defines a new era of law in Queensland, commemorating 150 years of this State’s legal history in its brand new metropolitan courthouse.
As the state’s only dedicated legal history museum, the Centre offers a unique resource for visitors to the courts, school students, and interested members of the public to explore Queensland’s legal past. The inaugural exhibition celebrates 150 years of Queensland’s legal history and the Rule of Law.
The centre is named after the late Right Honourable Sir Harry Gibbs PC AC GCMG KBE QC, former Chair of the Supreme Court Library Committee and the second Queenslander to serve as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Themed exhibitions of significant events and milestones in Queensland’s legal history – featuring little-known details, fascinating stories, and some of the library’s most treasured memorabilia are hosted in the library on level 12, and also in the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre.
The Library gratefully acknowledges the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland for providing the necessary funds to bring the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre to fruition.