2016 Media Releases
Talks@Willoughby presents Mark Tedeschi QC: speaking about his book "Murder at Myall Creek"
14 November 2016
12.30pm, Tuesday 6 December
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Mark Tedeschi QC will speak about his latest book, Murder at Myall Creek, the story of the most sensational trial of mass murder in Australia’s legal history.
In 1838, 11 convicts and former convicts were put on trial for the murder of 28 aboriginal men, women and children at Myall Creek. The trial created enormous controversy at the time because it was virtually unknown for Europeans to be charged with the murder of Aboriginals.
The prosecutor, and unsung hero of the case, was John Hubert Plunkett - the Attorney General of New South Wales. The Myall Creek massacre trial proved to be Plunkett’s greatest test because it pitted his forensic skills and belief in equality before the law and against the combined forces of the free settlers, squatters, military, emancipists, the newspapers, and even convicts.
Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales and President of the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors, Mark Tedeschi QC has appeared in some of the most significant criminal cases in Australia. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eugenia and Kidnapped and has published many articles on history, genealogy, photography, and horticulture.
Lindfield Bookshop will provide copies of the book for sale and signing at the venue.
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