Last person hanged in australia

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last person hanged in australia

Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington

One woman.
Two husbands.
Four trials.
One bloody execution.
The last woman hanged in New South Wales.

In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol (jail) and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

Both of Louisas husbands died suddenly. The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community, put her on trial an extraordinary four times in order to get a conviction. Louisa protested her innocence until the end.

Now, in Last Woman Hanged, writer and journalist Caroline Overington delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol (jail) records, in an effort to discover the truth.
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Devil's Island : Colonies of the Condemned

Capital punishment in Australia was a form of punishment in Australia that has been abolished The last execution in Australia took place in , when Ronald Ryan was hanged in Victoria. Between Ryan's execution in and
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Last man hanged: 50 years in Australia without an execution

His death sentence was handed down after he was found guilty of shooting and killing warder George Hodson during an escape from Melbourne's Pentridge Prison in Melbourne prison escapee Ronald Ryan is taken to police headquarters in Sydney after his recapture, 5 January Credit: W. Waterside workers, among others, march to Parliament House to protest against the state governments decision to hang convicted murderer Ronald Joseph Ryan. Credit: The Age. He is due to hang in Pentridge Gaol at 8 o'clock this morning for the murder of warder George Henry Hodson at the time of his escape from the gaol on December 19, In a dramatic late move the Governor, Sir Rohan Delacombe, interrupted a holiday at Sorrento to drive 60 miles to the council meeting at Government House.

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Capital punishment in Australia was a form of punishment in Australia that has been abolished in all jurisdictions. Queensland abolished the death penalty in Tasmania did the same in , the federal government abolished the death penalty in , with application also in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. Victoria did so in , South Australia in , and Western Australia in New South Wales abolished the death penalty for murder in , and for all crimes in In , the federal government passed legislation prohibiting the re-establishment of capital punishment by any state or territory.


  1. Folco O. says:

    Ronald Joseph Ryan (21 February – 3 February ) was the last person to be legally executed in Australia. Ryan was found guilty of shooting and killing.

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