There's Glory For You: A history of Redfern Legal Centre (Paperback)
The business of the historian, is to remember what others forget: the history of the early community legal centres is not yet forgotten-but it soon may be. Legal centres are not good at recording their past: they are understaffed, resources are stretched, the demands of the work seem urgent and unrelenting, and there's no time for looking back, reflecting on experiences, honouring past workers, no space for archiving or even storing old records. At the time the early centres were established, their mode of operation was slightly anarchic ...no one was interested in recording history, they were too busy were making it.
There's Glory For You traverses the history of Redfern Legal Centre from its establishment by volunteer activist lawyers and students from the University of New South Wales, through development of innovative new legal services which changed the face of legal aid in Australia set against a background of the detailed law and legal profession reform programs introduced by the Whitlam and State governments in the 1970s and 1980s.
Frances Gibson studied law in Canberra and her first encounter with community legal centres in 1984 was through a spur of the moment decision to make a trip to a party hosted by a legal centres' conference which led indirectly to a solicitor's job at Redfern Legal Centre in 1988 and a dedication to community legal centres over the next thirty five years. It's a rich memoir-styled history, documenting one of the most important legal and social reforms in Australia's history.