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Author: Ross Barber

Title: Rape as a Capital Offence in Nineteenth Century Queensland

Subtitle: -

Journal: Australian Journal of Politics and History

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Year: April 1975 (Published online: June 28, 2008)

Pages: 31-41

ISSN: 0004-9522 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1467-8497 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Offenders: Punishments / Death Penalty


Link: Wiley Online Library (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Between 1859 and 1901 there were 14 executions for rape in Queensland. Two other convicted rapists escaped hanging by, respectively, being shot attempting to escape and fasting to death in prison. The evidence suggests that the law relating to rape was not interpreted flexibly, especially when compared with the data concerning murderers, and that there was discrimination against aborigines. Prior to the last execution for rape in 1892, there was no strong parliamentary or judicial opposition to capital punishment for rape. When the law was finally changed in 1901 it was primarily because of public opinion.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)

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