Part one : origins -- Husbanding and hedging out the poor / Laura Brace -- Part two : the empire of property -- Colonisation, civilisation and cultivation : early Victorians' theories of property rights and sovereignty / Pat Moloney -- 'Strangers in their own land' : capitalism, dispossession and the law / A.R. Buck -- Part three : the land question -- 'They seem to argue that custom has made a higher law' : formal and informal law on the frontier / Peter Karsten -- Recognition of Aboriginal status and laws in the supreme court of New South Wales under Forbes CJ, 1824-1836 / Bruce Kercher -- Property rights and the discourse of improvement in nineteenth-century New South Wales / Nancy E. Wright and A.R. Buck -- Raupatu : the pu native confiscation of Maori land in the 1860s / Bryan Gilling -- Canadian Doukhobors and the land question : religious communalists in a fee-simple world / John McLaren -- Part four : challenges -- Aboriginal title and the state's fiduciary obligations / Stuart Rush, Q.C. -- Freedom, serfdom and internet governance : private domain or cybercommons? / Paul Havemann.