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The Resource Denny Day : the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre

Denny Day : the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre

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Denny Day : the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre
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Denny Day
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the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre
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Language
eng
Summary
Captain Edward Denny Day - the only law 'from the Big River to the sea' - was Australia's greatest lawman, yet few have heard of him. This is his story. Once there was a wilderness: Australia's frontier, a dangerous and unforgiving place where outlaws ruled the roads and killers were hailed as heroes. It was here, in 1838, that one man's uncompromising sense of justice changed history and shocked the world. Denny Day was a vicar's son from Ireland. A member of the Anglo-Irish ruling class, as a young man Day joined the British Army before resigning to seek his fortune in New South Wales. There he accepted the most challenging role in the young colony: keeping the peace on the frontier. Denny Day's abiding legacy is the capture of the perpetrators of the Myall Creek Massacre u the most infamous mass-murder in Australian history, and the first time white men were convicted of the murder of Aborigines. Yet Day won no praise for bringing to justice the killers of 28 innocent men, women and children at Myall Creek. Rather, he was scorned and shunned, fiercely attacked by the press, by powerful landowners who hired the colony's top lawyers to defend the killers, and by the general public. The 11 men tracked down and arrested by Day faced two sensational trials, and seven of them were eventually found guilty of murder and hanged. The case sparked an international outcry, resulting in stricter government policies protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples. There are many colourful characters, heroes and villains, in Denny Day's story: inspirational frontier women; outlaws captured in a desperate firefight; brave and wily Aboriginal resistance leaders; gormless colonial officials; privileged English nobles and persecuted Irish immigrants; convicts and freemen; and, for good measure, an American pirate. Denny Day was commended for bravery during his lifetime, but only in regards to taming the frontier settlements. Even in his obituary, Myall Creek is not mentioned
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smyth, Terry
Dewey number
305.89915
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Day, Edward Denny
  • Police
  • Trials
  • Justice, Administration of
  • Equality before the law
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Massacres
  • Myall Creek (N.S.W.)
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Denny Day : the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [306]-327) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057265086
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780857986825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780857986825
  • (Sirsi) i9780857986825
Label
Denny Day : the life and times of Australia's greatest lawman - the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [306]-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057265086
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780857986825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780857986825
  • (Sirsi) i9780857986825

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