Author: Geoffrey Genever
Title: ‘Worse than Murder’?
Subtitle: Colonial Queensland's Response to the Rape of European Women by Aboriginal Men
Journal: Queensland Review
Year: December 2012
ISSN: 1321-8166 - eISSN: 2049-7792
Full Text: Cambridge Journals Online [Restricted Access]
Abstract: »During the second half of the nineteenth century, Queensland courts tried, convicted and hanged sixteen men for the crime of rape. Of these, one was Caucasian, three were Pacific Islanders and twelve were Aboriginal. The Indigenous total would have been fourteen but for the fact that two other men convicted and sentenced for this offence evaded the gallows: one died in custody, the other was shot dead while attempting to escape. In each case of execution, the victims were European women or girls.« [Source: Queensland Review]