Bushrangers, the Exercise of Mercy and the 'Last Penalty of the Law' in New South Wales and Tasmania 1824-1856

University of Tasmania Law Faculty
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University of Tasmania Law Review, 2013, 32 (2), pp. 295 - 343
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The death penalty in the 19th century was widely seen as necessary for punishment and deterrence. However, the prerogative of mercy served a vital role during this period in mitigating the effects of capital punishment. This article examines the exercise of the death penalty and the prerogative of mercy in colonial Australia between 1824 and 1856.
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