JUSTICE ALL THEIR OWN The Caledon Bay and Woodah Island Killings 1932-1933

Author: Egan (Ted)
Year: 1996
Publisher: Melbourne University Press (Carlton South, Vic., A
Edition Details: 1st Australian Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780522846935
Price: 35.00
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Hardback. As punishment for murder, Aboriginal justice often calls for a ceremonial spear-thrust through the thigh. In Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia, the ceremony is called 'Makarrta'. The white justice system demands imprisonment for life. Which justice should prevail? What is fair? Which is right? When cultures clash, those with greater power seek to impose their values upon people held to be weaker or inferior. Such a clash happened in the 1930s in Arnhem Land. When insulted by foreigners, then chased by police, local Aborigines reacted violently, and killed 8 people, including a white police constable, Albert Stewart McColl. Eventually the Aborigines were persuaded to give themselves up, being assured this was right and proper, and that they would be treated fairly. What followed was an even greater tragedy than the initial murders. The author, a well-known bushman, folklorist and media personality, was uniquely placed to write this book. His close association with Aboriginal people enabled him to interview participants in the events - he 'sat down' in the country where the incidents took place. The product of 40yrs research, this account of the killings, the protests and the subsequent trials in Darwin in 1934 presents a thorough analysis of the motives and behaviour of the various participants. It shows the disturbing and distressing consequences of the imposition of the British system of justice on people accustomed to their own predictable, consistent legal system, which itself is the product of a complex culture developed over thousands of years. Illus. + Maps, Notes, References, Bibliog. and Index. 244pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage.

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