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Type: Sound
Title: In the name of the law
Author: Nettlebeck, Amanda
Foster, Robert Kenneth Gordon
Issue Date: 2007
Organisation: Friends of the University of Adelaide Library
Radio Adelaide
University of Adelaide
Subject: Nettelbeck, Amanda E. In the name of the law
Willshire, William Hughes, 1816-1899
Northern Territory. Native Police Corps Biography.
Police, Rural Northern Territory Biography.
Aboriginal Australian police Northern Territory Biography.
Aboriginal Australians Northern Territory Government relations 1851-1901.
Trials (Murder) Northern Territory Alice Springs.
Frontier and pioneer life Northern Territory History 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life Australia, Central History 19th century.
Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of
Authors Anecdotes.
Description: Associate Professor Amanda Nettelbeck and Dr. Robert Foster talk about their book In the name of the law : William Willshire and the policing of the Australian frontier. In 1891 Mounted Constable William Willshire, the Officer in Charge of Native Police, and notorious for the violence of his patrols, was arrested for the murder of two Aboriginal men. With Aboriginal resistance to European incursions upon their land at its height, the case escalated the hardening of racial attitudes and national sentiment. Part murder mystery and part courtroom drama, the story of Constable William Willshire illuminates unfolding issues of race and nationalism in colonial Australia on the eve of Federation. The authors examine the qualities, strengths and weaknesses of this man against the backdrop of the changing times he was living through.
Talk recorded at the University of Adelaide, Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, 25 Oct. 2007, at a free public talk hosted by the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library.
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