Sentencing on a colonial frontier: Judge Therry's decisions at Moreton Bay

Connors, Libby (2008) Sentencing on a colonial frontier: Judge Therry's decisions at Moreton Bay. Legal History, 12 (1). pp. 81-97. ISSN 1833-7155


This article outlines the operation of the circuit courts at Brisbane in the 1850s and three frontier attacks which resulted in the arrest and trial of several young indigenous men. Therry was the presiding judge in the trials of three of these men at three separate assizes; they were R v Mickaloe for the murders of William Boller and William Waller in November 1851, R v Mickie for the murder of Mary Shannon in May 1853 and R v Dundalli for the murders of William Boller and Andrew Gregor in November 1854. Roger Therry's personal background is surveyed to try to resolve the discrepancies in the sentences he handed down in these cases before drawing some conclusions about the contribution of these events to contemporary studies of the frontier.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2008 02:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 03:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supreme Court; Brisbane; Judge Therry; Dundalli; colonial frontier; frontier attacks
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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