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R. v. Tibbs (1824): a case of mistaken identity


Fox, J, R. v. Tibbs (1824): a case of mistaken identity, History Australia, 8, (2) pp. 21-41. ISSN 1449-0854 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14490854.2011.11668372


Since the 1830s, historians have agreed that no European faced criminal prosecution for offences against the Indigenous people of Van Diemen's Land in the colony's Supreme Court. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, however, a counter-narrative has emerged, in which William Tibbs' conviction for the manslaughter of a 'black man' is read as a significant example of disinterested settler–indigenous legal relations. By challenging the underlying assumption of this reading – that 'black' is synonymous with Aboriginal – this article tests recent claims about the historical significance of Tibbs' case.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Van Diemen’s Land, William Tibbs, manslaughter, Aborigine
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Fox, J (Dr Jacqueline Fox)
ID Code:73370
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2011-09-29
Last Modified:2013-09-12
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