publication . Article . 2008

Besieged at Home: Jimmy Governor's Rampage

Katherine Biber;
Open Access English
  • Published: 03 Jun 2008 Journal: Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice (issn: 1835-0550, eissn: 1835-0550, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Technology, Sydney
Abstract
<jats:p>In July 1900, Jimmy Governor and his brother Joe commenced their murderous rampage across central New South Wales, killing nine women and children, maiming others, and raping a teenage girl. They were pursued for three months across 3000 kilometres, taunting their hunters with clues, letters and tricks. The last men in the state to be proclaimed outlaws, their pursuit and capture fascinated and terrified a nation on the eve of its Federation.&#x0D; &#x0D; After his conviction, Governor’s execution was delayed until after the conclusion of Federation celebrations; even a fragile nation understood the perilous symbolism of launching nationhood whilst hangi...
Subjects
free text keywords: Political science, Nationalism, Girl, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Governor, Brother, Conviction, Law, Transgressive, Empire, Ancient history
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