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Local History From 8000 Miles Away: Early Colac Court Records In The United States, Arthur Fraas Dec 2010

Local History From 8000 Miles Away: Early Colac Court Records In The United States, Arthur Fraas

Arthur Mitchell Fraas

This article examines a volume of Colac court records from the mid-nineteenth century now held in the United States. It details the contents of the volume with an eye towards the nature of local justice in early Victoria and the ways in which legal records can provide a window into the past. In addition, the article calls attention to the increasingly global nature of local history studies. In sharing the story of this trans-oceanic ‘discovery’ and its subsequent digitisation, it provides a possible model for future directions in archival research.