Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright
Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright

Courtroom Scene, Sydney: 'the Philo Free' civil libel trial, 1 December 1817

1 December 1817

Edward Charles Close

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Title

Courtroom Scene, Sydney: 'the Philo Free' civil libel trial, 1 December 1817

Date

1 December 1817

Description

Inscribed: `G. Allen’ (upper right, vertical); `G. Crosley’ (upper right, vertical)

The ‘Philo Free’ trial took place in Sydney in 1817 and was the first libel case heard in the colony. In this matter, Rev. Samuel Marsden accused Colonial Secretary John Campbell (no relation to Sophia) of libeling him through a letter published in the Sydney Gazette which suggested that, under the aegis of the Missionary Society, the ‘Christian Mahomet’ had operated as a gun-runner and moonshiner in the Pacific islands; includes caricatures of several notable figures including Marsden at the right, the defendant Campbell on the left and possibly Judge-Advocate John Wylde behind him, as well as the lawyers Frederick Garling, William Moore, George Allen and George Crossley

Album details: Edward Charles Close - New South Wales Sketchbook: Sea Voyage, Sydney, Illawarra, Newcastle, Morpeth, c. 1817-1840
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Location

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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