Dirty Dozen: Hanging & the Moreton Bay Convicts

(Inside History edition)

Mutineers, murderers, sheep-stealers and runaways. These are the stories of the twelve Moreton Bay convicts who were hanged in the 1820s and 1830s. Find out about the teenage pickpocket sentenced to death three times and the acrobat who became the most notorious of all New South Wales hangmen. And was convict life really so bad that men committed murder just for the 'escape' of being hanged?

Christopher Dawson (2007)
64 pages with illustrations, endnotes and bibliography
RRP $8.50


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Image of early Brisbane Town in convict days, ca. 1831 (John Oxley Library)