Saturday, June 19, 2010


Yesterday I met a great grandson of the lawyer who defended Jimmy Governor at his trial in Sydney.
He is the president of the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society.
The solicitor's surname was Boyce.
Coincidentally I met Boyce's descendant at talk about Aboriginal artefacts, including tomahawks.
He pointed out to me that the government did not have to give Jimmy a trial because he had been declared an outlaw.
This meant he could be shot or hanged on sight.
Why the government gave him a trial is yet another of the many questions to be put and hopefully answered in this forensic blog.
The Boyce descendent also told me that the solicitor's father, a prominent member of the Anglican clergy, had been the founder of Barker College at Hornsby.