The theatre of justice: Race relations and capital punishment at Moreton Bay 1841-59

Connors, Libby (2020) The theatre of justice: Race relations and capital punishment at Moreton Bay 1841-59. In: Brisbane: The Aboriginal Presence 1824-1860. Boolarong Press & Brisbane History Group, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 61-75. ISBN 9781925877755


Abstract

The chapter discusses the public hanging of Aboriginal men in Brisbane in the years 1841 to 1859. It argues that Aboriginal people’s responses to these three public executions of their men are proof of Aboriginal rejection of British law and of their assertion of their sovereignty. The paper begins with a discussion of the significance of public hangings in early New South Wales and the politics of the 1830s and 1840s that led to this dreadful penalty being applied to Aboriginal men who had lived their whole lives traditionally, outside the bounds of English legal jurisdiction. It briefly discusses each episode in turn and how the Aboriginal response can be interpreted as a measure of local resistance, especially the execution of the warrior Dundalli. However settler political developments changed dramatically over these years and the final case provides insight into the brutal racial politics that would mark the separated new colony of Queensland.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 00:40
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: capital punishment, public hangings, Dundalli
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430312 Histories of race
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430313 History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430311 Historical studies of crime
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230406 Legal processes
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230403 Criminal justice
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41556

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