Marriage: Love and Law

Tuesday 25 February 2020 to Friday 24 April 2020


Marriage: Love and Law explores the laws, beliefs and social attitudes that have shaped marriage in Australia over three centuries.

Stories of marriage are told through case studies of people, places and events—including the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. Letters, Acts of Parliament, convict records, court documents, photographs, films, plans and reports sourced from the State Archives Collection will be on display, many for the first time.

For Marriage: Love and Law, NSW State Archives has commissioned works by four of Australia’s most exciting visual artists. Specially commissioned pieces by writers Tara Moss, Kiera Lindsey and Judith MacCallum, and baritone Simon Lobelson—who performs of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s 1810 proclamation encouraging lawful marriage - contribute to the colour and variety of perspectives that make up the marriage history narrative.

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