MS 9518 comprises Mabo litigation records emanating from both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. The records comprise a statement of facts by the plaintiffs, wills, land transactions, court transcripts, exhibits, pleadings, applications, witness statements, submissions, correspondence, memoranda and research material. Keon-Cohen, with the assistance of an archivist engaged at the Library's expense, arranged the items into volumes in broad chronological order. An index was compiled by the archivist. In 1996 the Library acquired some papers of Greg McIntyre, the instructing solicitor in the case. The papers were lent to Keon-Cohen with the donor's permission and are now incorporated in MS 9518 (12 boxes, 14 cartons, 4 fol. boxes).
The Acc03.205 instalment comprises further papers of Keon-Cohen relating to the Mabo case (19 boxes).
The Acc05.063 instalment includes papers on Wik and Yorta Yorta cases, migration cases, legal history, Australian Society of Labor Lawyers, East Timor Evidence Project, mandatory sentencing, Native Title Service, and lecture notes (5 boxes, 16 cartons).
The Acc09.134 instalment comprises the Index to litigation materials: 1982-1992, compiled August 1998, and indexes to v. 1-38, 39-64, 65-73 for Mabo v. Queensland No. 1 and no. 2 (1 packet).
Bryan Andrew Keon-Cohen has been a barrister since 1982. His legal practice has covered most jurisdictions in Australia, with the bulk of his cases relating to native title (including Mabo) and a smaller component dealing with migration matters. Keon-Cohen's professional roles have included Australian Law Reform Commission officer in 1979-1981, barrister of the Victorian Bar, 1982-1996, Queen's Counsel of the Victorian Bar from 1996-2009, and principal legal officer of the Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation, Melbourne, 1999-2001.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 9518, MS Acc03.205, MS Acc05.063, MS Acc09.134.
Associated materials: Papers of Bryan Keon-Cohen: academic and practice materials, 1966-2009 MS Acc10.117.
||Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 3 December 2012 - 3 May 2013. Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 23 September 2012. Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012.