Articles

  • Collins, C & Bloomfield, S, Hobart Town, 1816: Andrew Bent and fermenting change’, Tasmanian Historical Research Association: Papers & Proceedings, vol 64, no. 1, Apr 2017, pp. 32-57 [Full Text PDF].
  • Collins, C & Bloomfield, S, ‘Hobart Town, 1816: Andrew Bent and fermenting change’, paper presented to a meeting of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Hobart, 10 May 2016 [Soundcloud Audio]
  • Collins, C ‘The Libel Trials of Andrew Bent, 1825-1838’, paper presented to the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society conference, Hobart, 9 December 2006.
  • Collins, C, ‘Andrew Bent and the birth of the free press in the Australian colonies’, paper presented to the Australian Media Traditions conference, Canberra, 24 November 2005 [Full Text PDF].

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Further Reading

 

  • Calder, JE, ‘Something about old colonialists – Andrew Bent’, The Mercury, 5 February 1881, p. 1 [Full Text PDF]

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  • Heaton, H, ‘The Early Tasmanian Press, and its Struggle for Freedom’, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1916, pp 1-28 [Full Text PDF]

Mr Cockatrice

 

  • Kain, O ed., Mr Cockatrice: RL Murray’s reports of proceedings in the libel case Butler v Bent, 1830, heard in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land, James Dally, Adelaide, 2003.

 

 

 

 

  • Miller, EM, ‘An Unrecorded Hobart Town Gazette’, Tasmanian Historical Research Association: Papers and Proceedings , vol 7, no. 3, Jan 1959, pp. 34-43.

 

 

  • Pretyman, ER, ‘Bent, Andrew (1790–1851)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Canberra, 1966, accessed online 22 July 2018 [Full Text Online].

 

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Bent’s Law Cases

1810, 01 Nov: R v Bent & Street, Old Bailey, London.

1825, 01 & 26 Jul: R v Bent (No. 1)

1825, 01 Aug: R v Bent (No 2)

1825, 6 & 14 Dec: continuation of R v Bent (No. 1)

1826, 29 Mar: continuation of R v Bent (No 2)

1826, 15 Apr: R v Bent

1827, 15 May: R v Bent

1830, 12 & 13 Jan: Butler v Bent first trial by civil jury in Van Diemen’s Land.

1830, 15 & 16 Jan: Kennedy v Bent

1830, 06 Feb: continuation of Kennedy v Bent; R v Bent

1830, 10 May: continuation of Butler v Bent

1832, 21 Sep: Melville v Bent

1838, 14 Sep: Murray v Bent; Stephen v Bent (No. 1); Stephen v Bent (No. 2).

1840, 23 Nov: In re Bent


Legislation

1827, 21 Sep: Newspaper and Licensing Act (VDL) (8 Geo IV, No. 3) (‘Bent’s Act‘)