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This is a page dedicated to executions by hanging  for the most part in Australia and New Zealand but will at times venture to the UK as that is where our Legal System originated from. It examines the roles of all the players, the Law, the clergy who attend the condemned, the condemned, the executioner who does the job, public attitudes to the whole act and the crimes that would get you in this most distasteful position in the first place.

This blog will by no means be a chronological list of hangings, it will endeavor to have a series of firsts and lasts, there will be at times tales of hangings gone right and gone wrong and information about the Men who did the job.

Australia with its beginning as a penal colony means our history is inextricably linked to Hangings, the first one took place just one month after arriving at Sydney Cove, with a steady rate of customers for the executioner to deal with through to 1964.

The copyright on the newspapers articles has just fallen away from the Late William Robinson (20/1/1964) he was Australia’s fourth last man to be hung,  and so 2017 signals the copyright falling away from the Ronald Ryan case, and by default fifty years since the last Execution in Australia. I have included a limited blog entry regarding Ronald Ryan and it shall be added to as the newspapers are released on line.

For the first twenty five years of Australia’s history there  were no newspapers, and the information about hangings will come from written accounts of various witness’s. From 1803 onwards, the information will be gleaned from newspaper accounts of the events.

I also have a Facebook page dedicated to Sydney Cemeteries and the life stories contained within those cemteries

Here is the link and go have a look if your curious…


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  1. I’m a descendant of the Mawbey family, four members of whom were killed by Aborigines led by Jimmy Governor. I’ve just found your website. You appear to have done a very good job. I will read it in full later today. One error I noticed was the name of the mother. It was Sarah, not Grace. Pamela Mawbey, Sydney

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