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The Chronicle of a Young Lawyer
A Legal Journey in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea
Author: Kerry Dillon RRP A$9.99
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers Pub Date: 2020-07-01
BIC Category: Memoirs ISBN: 9781925736427
BISAC Category1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges
BISAC Category2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


“The volcanic political atmosphere in the bubbling cauldron of the caldera that was the Gazelle Peninsula came to a head in December 1969.”
This unique book tells the story of the day-to-day life of a young criminal circuit lawyer from Tasmania, Kerry Dillon, some 50 years ago in a country where many people lived as generations before had lived, back into the mists of time. Employed as a 22-year-old lawyer in the Office of the Public Solicitor, WA Lalor, in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, Kerry travelled the country on Supreme Court criminal circuits from 1969 to 1971, appearing as counsel for Indigenous people accused of serious criminal offences, including stealing, rape and wilful murder.
Written as a chronicle, this account features descriptions of criminal cases in major centres and in remote places only accessible by small planes. It depicts the clash of cultures as Australian criminal law was introduced, and there is valuable material on the application of the rule of law in the emerging nation.
“The differing ways of life between Papua New Guinean communities, and the wide variation in the character of their interactions with Europeans and the Administration, was a significant part of the complex environment in which Kerry’s experiences in the country took place and which his account illustrates.” – Michael Adams QC

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