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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

R. v. Frank [1838] NSWSupC 109

Aboriginal defendants - Port Phillip - murder - Aborigines, killing of

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Dowling C.J., Burton and Willis JJ, 5 December 1838

Source: Sydney Herald, 7 December 1838[ 1]

Frank, an Aboriginal black, charged with the murder of one of his own tribe; Mooney Mooney charged with killing sheep at Port Phillip, and Nanny Moon charged with murder at the same place.  In consequence of the absence of witnesses these cases were remanded to next term, and the Court particularly impressed upon the Crown Officers, the necessity of using every energy to provide interpreters in order that there may be no failure of justice from that cause.[ 2]



[ 1]See also Australian, 6 December 1838.

[ 2]The trials did not take place.  See Sydney Herald, 31 May 1839.


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