Dharug and Lower Hawkes­bury His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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Next month the DLHHS will be host­ing the author, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, who will talk on his research into the trial of the men brought to jus­tice for the 1838 mas­sacre of 28 Abo­rig­i­nal men, women and chil­dren at Myall Creek. Apart from Mr Tedeschi’s promi­nence as the Se­nior Crown Prose­cu­tor of New South Wales, to date Mark has pub­lished two true-crime books, Eugenia: a true story of ad­ver­sity, tragedy, crime and re­venge and Kid­napped: the crime that shocked the na­tion. Mr Tedeschi’s soon to be pub­lished book on the mas­sacre, Mur­der at Myall Creek, is based on Mark’s research into this crime and his deep, pro­fes­sional un­der­stand­ing of the colo­nial jus­tice sys­tem within which some of the per­pe­tra­tors were suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted. The fo­cus of Mr Tedeschi’s talk is the role of the prose­cu­tor in that case, John Hu­bert Plun­kett. Al­though Plun­kett’s po­si­tion as At­tor­ney Gen­eral of NSW in the first half of the nine­teenth cen­tury may not be well known to ev­ery­one, he can rightly be called “the Martin Luther King of colo­nial Aus­tralia” for his vi­sion of a fair and un­prej­u­diced crim­i­nal law sys­tem for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in New South Wales.

Speaker: Mark Tedeschi AM QC Topic: John Hu­bert Plun­kett and the Myall Creek Mas­sacre Trial Date: Satur­day 28 May 2016 Time: 1:15pm for 1:30pm Lo­ca­tion: The Lower Hawkes­bury Wes­leyan Chapel, 6445 Wise­mans Ferry Road, Gun­der­man.

High Tea will be served af­ter the talk, and there will be an op­por­tu­nity to speak with Mark and pur­chase ei­ther of his two pub­lished books. Cost: $10 for so­ci­ety mem­bers, $15 for non-mem­bers. RSVP es­sen­tial be­fore 21 May 2016 at: en­quiries@dlhhs.org.au or, from 1 May un­til 21 May on 0413929881

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