BLACKBIRDING. - 'Hopeful' Prisoners. (Papers Relating to the Release of the).
Brisbane, Govt Printer 1890. Foolscap modern boards; 59pp; drop title. ¶ Two crew members of the blackbirder 'Hopeful' were sentenced to death in 1884 for the murders of two Polynesians and four others, including the captain and the government agent, got sentences ranging from seven years to life for kidnapping. The two death sentences were commuted to life and by 1888 there was a concerted effort to free them all - the opening document printed here is a petition with some 28,000 signatures. Much evidence given at the trial and brought out afterwards is included and while Charles Lilley, the Chief Justice, who had sentenced the prisoners is unequivocal in his report that his judgment was correct and that the petition is an 'attempt to rule the administration of justice by popular clamour', the Minister of Justice, Thynne, argued his way around Lilley's stand and the prisoners were released.AUD 275.00 [Appr.: EURO 195.25 US$ 210.7 | £UK 168.5 | JP¥ 23433] Book number 8484
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