12 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. 1 (1997)

handle is hein.journals/ausnewma12 and id is 1 raw text is: THE F S Dethridge Memorial Address 1996
Between a Rock and a Hard Place:
illegitimate pressure in commercial negotiations.
Justice Richard Cooper
Federal Court of Australia
Frank Dethridge was the driving force behind the establishment of this
Association in 1974. He was its first president. He was also the Senior
Partner of Mallesons Solicitors when he died in June 1976.
Frank Dethridge hoped that the Association would become a forum in
which aspects of maritime law would be revealed and discussed and that
thereby not only admiralty and maritime law, but the law in general
would be better understood and developed.
The series of Dethridge Memorial Addresses has over the years done
credit to the memory of the man and his foresight and vision: they have
also been part of the fulfilment of that hope.
I thank the Association for the honour given me in being invited to
deliver this year's address.
The title to this paper had its genesis in the loss of the steamship
'Medina on 30 September 1875. The vessel was en route from Sumatra
to Jedda carrying five hundred and fifty pilgrims when it struck the
Parkin Rock in the Red Sea. The pilgrims and crew were transferred to
the rock where there was scarcely standing room for them. The rock
stood only six feet above the water.
I acknowledge the research assistance of my Associate, B Cohen in the
preparation of this address.

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