Past Exhibitions

  • Discerning Judgment

    In both art and law, judgment is crucial.

    While a legal judgment and a work of art may appear to be very different things, in fact they share many commonalities. Both lawyers and artists employ reasoning and perception in their practices and their work is subject to scrutiny, review and critique.

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  • Innocent Diversions: Australian Legal Fashion

    The Supreme Court Library Queensland’s new exhibition, Innocent Diversions: Australian Legal Fashion, explores the history of legal dress in Australia.

    Visitors can walk through the exhibits – Gowns, robes and wigs; History of legal dress; In the papers, and The evolution of legal dressto see robes and wigs worn by judges and legal practitioners in Queensland in the past and present.

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  • Into the Light: Lawrence Daws and Queensland’s Legal Landscape

    Into the Light: Lawrence Daws and Queensland’s Legal Landscape exhibition told the story behind the Supreme Court's treasured mural painting, which hangs on the third floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law building in George Street, Brisbane.

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  • Path to Abolition: A History of Execution in Queensland

    This exhibition examines the history of execution in Queensland, from the first execution in 1830 at Moreton Bay Penal Settlement to the execution of Ernest Austin in 1913 at the Boggo Road Gaol. In less than 100 years, 93 men and one woman swung from the gallows. In the years preceding the turn of the century, petitions for reprieves of the death sentence and public fundraisers to assist in the appeal process became frequent; abolition first arose as a topic of intense parliamentary debate in 1899, likely sparked by increasing public unrest and distaste for the practice.

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  • Queensland Courts

    The Court system in Queensland is responsible for ensuring each Queenslander is properly served by the law

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  • Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs PC AC GCMG KBE QC

    Sir Harry Gibbs was a strong advocate of the Rule of Law who was willing to state his views without fear, favour or affection...

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