Law Firms

The University of Melbourne Archives holds records from 20 Victorian law firms.

The University of Melbourne Archives holds records from twenty Victorian law firms. The records begin from the earliest days of the colony and range geographically from suburban Melbourne to Port Fairy, Portland, Warrnambool and Beechworth. These collections predominantly contain client files: contracts; mortgages; leasing documents; wills and probates; marriage settlements; inventories and memoranda and articles of association of companies. Some files run over several generations of families and provide an interesting commentary on social and business history.

Blake & Riggall, 1834 – 1890
Trennery F. Brown, 1883 – 1922
Corr & Corr, 1855 – 1946
Theodore Fink, 1855 – 1930
Graham Lederman & Co., 1967 – 1973
Heffey and Butler, 1961 – 1962
Lewis, Orr & Gibson, 1837 – 1952
Lynch and McDonald, 1850 – 1947
Lyne & Sylvester, 1839 – 1931
MacPherson Smith, 1931 – 1972
Madden, Butler Elder & Graham, 1924 – 1958
Maurice Blackburn & Co., 1923 – 1968
David McKenzie-McHarg, 1857 – 1967
J. W. Powling & Co, 1850 – 1959
Price and Chamberlin, 1888 – 1952
Ray Renowden, 1955 – 1962
Slater & Gordon, 1920 – 1967
Smith & Emmerton, 1849 – 1909
William Ardlie, 1848 – 1943
Wisewould Schilling, 1839 – 1946