Since its enactment in 1893 as the Workmen’s Liens Act, the Worker’s Lien Act (South Australia) has had a colourful and problematic history.  It was drafted by a man who had already been certified as a lunatic, and taken through Parliament by a man then bound over to keep the peace for apparently intending to shoot the principal opponent of the Bill in a duel.  It has been repeatedly criticised from the Bench for its “fuliginous obscurity”, “enigmatic language” and for being “antiquated”.  Yet the Act remains in force and continues to pose challenges for lawyers practising in South Australia.

This work contains sections describing the operation of the Act, the Act itself with annotations, all the significant decisions on the Act from South Australia and the Northern Territory (including the early cases of Oswald v Matters, Bourne v Kneebone and Giles v Jacob, which were reported only in the Register and/or Advertiser newspapers), the text of the parliamentary debates including both the 1893 and the 1896 proceedings, and precedents.


The Worker’s Liens Casebook is published as a limited edition by FEG Services Pty Limited, 10th Floor, 431 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

Format:      Hardback, 925 pages
Price:         $145.00 inc GST

Copies available from:
Mandy Mansell at: / 8110 8025

See also the Worker’s Liens Casebook Update page.