When the motley crew that comprised the members of the First Fleet stepped ashore in their new colony in New South Wales, they brought with them a good portion of the laws of England and it was not too long before the new colonists were called upon to put those laws into action.
"Australia’s First Criminal Trial,"
The National Legal Eagle:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/nle/vol16/iss1/2