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Solomon's noose : the true story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart / Steve Harris.

By: Publisher: Melbourne, Vic : Melbourne Books, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 23 cmContent type:
  • text
  • still image
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9781922129741
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 364.6609946 23
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Includes bibliographical references (page 321-325)

The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty's hangman in Van Diemen's Land; the man who personally had to deliver an Empire's judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to survive ; all in the context of the great struggles of good-evil, life-death, hope-despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemen's Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood. The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay's character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen's Land. This is an important book in exposing the dark 'underbelly' in the formation of modern Australia.

Item type Current library Call number Status Notes Date due Barcode
Book Book SMSA Library Non-fiction 364.6 HARR Available October 2016 65413

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