My life in history

Bruce Kercher*

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Bruce Kercher began undergraduate study in arts and law at Sydney University in the late 1960s, at the beginning of the rapid rise of university places in Australia. He later spent most of his academic career at Macquarie University when the study of law was changing from staid positivism to a rich engagement with the place of law in society. His discovery of legal history and the joys of archival research allowed him to see the distinctive place of Australia in the common law world, and law’s impact on those from whom the land had been dispossessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalHistory Australia
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Australian law
  • historians’ lives
  • legal history


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