july memories / 07

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

7th July, 1927 : It is clear that many people have already made up their minds as to the guilt of two policemen accused of murdering natives. Constables Graham St Jack and Denis Regan got an enthusiastic send-off from locals when they left Wyndham, in the north of Western Australia, to sail to Perth to stand trial, and were warmly greeted on the trip south. In contrast, one of the individuals principally responsible for the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry was ostracised. Great interest is being shown in the case by everyone in the north of the State, and it is believed nearly all have contributed towards the costs of counsel for the accused.

[Both men were aquitted and reinstated to a police force. See The myths of frontier massacres in Australian history; The invention of massacre stories]

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