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The Resource Last woman hanged, Caroline Overington

Last woman hanged, Caroline Overington

Label
Last woman hanged
Title
Last woman hanged
Statement of responsibility
Caroline Overington
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One woman. Two husbands. Four trials. One bloody execution. The last woman hanged in NSW. In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's 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. This book delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol records, in an effort to discover the truth. Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial. Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter, May, who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand. The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law - except when it came to the gallows. Women could not vote or stand for parliament - or sit on juries. There were no female politicians and no women judges. Against this background, a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa's life, arguing that a legal system comprised only of men - male judges, all-male jury, male prosecutor, governor and Premier - could not with any integrity hang a woman. The tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House. Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged, Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. They would take seats in State parliament, and in Canberra. They would become doctors, lawyers, judges, premiers - even the Prime Minister
Summary
One woman. Two husbands. Four trials. One bloody execution. The last woman hanged in NSW. In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's 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. This book delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol records, in an effort to discover the truth. Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial. Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter, May, who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand. The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in nosense equal under the law - except when it came to the gallows. Women could not vote or stand for parliament - or sit on juries. There were no female politicians and no women judges. Against this background, a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa's life, arguing that a legal system comprised only of men - male judges, all-male jury, male prosecutor, governor and Premier - could not with any integrity hang a woman. The tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House. Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged, Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. They would take seats in State parliament, and in Canberra. They would become doctors, lawyers, judges, premiers - even the Prime Minister
Writing style
Award
Davitt Awards, Best True Crime, 2015.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10456285
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Overington, Caroline
Dewey number
364.1523
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • facsimiles
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Collins, Louisa
  • Women murderers
  • True crime stories
Target audience
adult
Label
Last woman hanged, Caroline Overington
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053140243
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780732299729
Other physical details
illustrations (some coloured), facimiles, portraits
Label
Last woman hanged, Caroline Overington
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053140243
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780732299729
Other physical details
illustrations (some coloured), facimiles, portraits

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