Collections and Research

The Supreme Court Library holds a significant collection of legal heritage items, which have been generously donated by members of the judiciary and legal profession, as well as the Queensland community at large.  The collection consists of a wide range of items, including manuscripts, diaries, photographs, textiles, oral history recordings and other forms of legal memorabilia.  The Library also conducts a Historical Documents Digitisation Program to conserve original documents relating to Queensland’s legal heritage.  

Items from the Legal Heritage Collection are preserved in our on-site repository and selected items are displayed on a rotational basis within the Library and the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre.  The preservation of such documents, images and objects makes a significant contribution to the State’s historical legacy and safeguards a valuable resource for scholars of legal history.  

The Library welcomes items of significant legal and historical interest.  Anyone wishing to donate should contact us.

Highlights from our collection

  • Letter from Dr Stephen Simpson

    This two-page letter is dated 25 November 1841 and was penned by one of Queensland's first legal officers.

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  • Feez Ruthning Collection of Opinion Books

    This collection includes opinions from prominent jurists such as Sir Samuel Griffith and Sir Charles Lilley.

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  • Sir Harry Gibbs Collection

    The collection includes medals, robes and regalia, as well as correspondence and interviews.

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