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Original Documents on Aborigines and Law, 1797-1840

Document 18

Original Document 18

Col. Sec. to R Scott Esq. - Enquiry on black shot by police. R v Lowe decision: 9 October 1826



Colonial Secretary's Office

October 9th 1826


I am directed by His Excellency the Governor to request that in conjunction with the other Magistrates named in the Margin [in margin "Capt Allman , Mr. Close, Mr. Webber, Mr. Macleod"] , or any two of them, in case of the unavoidable absence of the others, you will make particular enquiry and take depositions respecting the circumstances of the death of a Black Native who is reported to have been taken by the Mounted Police and that, soon after the Murder of Dr. Bowman's Servant, this being understood to be a case distinct from that of the three natives respectively whose deaths the Magistrates have already reported.

I have the honor to be


Your very Obedient

Alex Mc Leay

To Robert Scott etc

Hunter's River


Honorable the Colonial Secretary

Sydney 9th October 1826

to R Scott Esq

Directing enquiry respecting the death of a Native (black) taken by the mounted Police and Shot

No 18



[1] For the trial of Lowe, see R. v. Lowe, 1827.

Published by the Centre for Comparative Law History and Governance of Macquarie University, and State Records NSW