A nation often amends its laws during war, not least to regulate life at home. Yet few historians have considered the impact of the law on Australians during the First World War. In her new book, Law in War, author and academic Catherine Bond breathes life into the laws that were central to the way people were managed in Australia, 1914–18.
Join Catherine in conversation with the Library’s senior curator, Elise Edmonds as they discuss how ordinary people were caught up in — and sometimes destroyed by — wartime laws created in the name of victory.
Catherine Bond is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney. While trained in intellectual property law, with a PhD thesis on the history of Australian copyright law, in 2016 she published her first book Anzac: The Landing, The Legend, The Law. Law in War is her second book.
Elise is a senior curator at the Library. In 2009 she received a staff fellowship to research and scope the Library’s First World War collections. This led to curating several exhibitions highlighting the Library’s nationally significant First World War collections; Life Interrupted: personal diaries from World War I in 2014 and Colour in Darkness: images from the First World War in 2016.