Sir Robert Torrens (1812-84)

I am looking for the papers of Sir Robert Torrens, who was elected to Parliament for the Borough of Cambridge in 1868, representing the Liberal Party.  He lived for many years in South Australia, where he developed the land titles system that still bears his name. He moved to England in the 1860s, where he remained until his death (1884). Most of his papers from his ‘Australian’ period are held in Adelaide (South Australia). But I have been unable to find any repository of his ‘UK’ papers. Torrens was confident of his place in history, and (in my view) would have ensured that his UK papers and correspondence were preserved for posterity. Yet, despite considerable efforts, I have been unable to find them.

Contact Details

Peter Butt, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Sydney