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Record 23555

Reading Experience:

'Was favoured this morning by Post with an extract from the Pall Mall Gazette on the manner in which the punishment of "Hanging" was carried out. The writer from English experience argued that the necks of the criminals were as a rule not dislocated & that those who died at the hangman's hands were simply throttled. The writer considered the punishment might be much more humanely carried out. The simple truth of the matter is the ropes used in England are not long enough. If more fall was given dislocation of the neck would take place & from what I have seen in this country no fault could then be found as the death would be both merciful & speedy.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 7 Feb 1871
Country: Australia
Time: morning
Place: city: Melbourne
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Buckley Castieau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 May 1831
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Prison Governor
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Australia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Pall Mall Gazette
Genre: Law
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 23555  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: John Buckley Castieau
  Title: Diaries
  Location: National Library of Australia
  Call no: NLA MS 2218
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: John Buckley Castieau, Diaries National Library of Australia, p. NLA MS 2218, p. n/a,, accessed: 25 February 2020

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