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Type: Journal article
Title: Hang the convicts: capital punishment and the reaffirmation of South Australia's foundation principles
Author: Anderson, S.
Sendziuk, P.
Citation: Journal of Australian Colonial History, 2014; 16:93-110
Publisher: University of New England
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1441-0370
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Steven Anderson and Paul Sendziuk
Abstract: There exists a curious commonality amongst those sentenced to death in the first twenty-five years of European settlement in South Australia. Of the thirty hangings conducted, twenty-two were Indigenous persons and seven ... were former or escaped convicts; it took some eighteen years before a free settler of European origin was hanged for a crime. In this article we examine the reasons why the hangman visited former or escaped convicts more than any other group. It is now well established that all Australian colonies experienced a growing abhorrence of convicts and the convict past, a revulsion that coalesced around the anti-transportation campaigns and which reflected and were shaped by an increasing mood for self-governance and sovereignty. However, in South Australia this phobia was particularly acute, because the colony prided itself on being convict free.
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RMID: 0030017664
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