City of Sydney Historical Association
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This talk hosted by the City of Sydney Historical Association discusses the “Newtown Ejectment Case”, one of the Colony’s biggest court cases. It spanned 10 years and involved over 150 witnesses featuring some of the ‘who’s who’ of Sydney. It was eventually settled out of court by the payment of an unknown sum of money said to have been “considerable”. Its precedents are cited in the landmark Mabo case. However, its main interest is the picture it gives of colonial Sydney, including the system that allowed assigned convicts to live away from their assigned places – and undertake other jobs – and the greed that outstripped good sense on the part of the purchasers (who became ‘the defendants’) who sniffed something amiss but went ahead and bought the land anyway.
Our speaker Matt Murphy is Newtown’s fire chief and has a passion for history and Newtown’s colourful past.
Source:City of Sydney Historical Association.