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The Resource The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski

The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski

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The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery
Title
The hanged man and the body thief
Title remainder
finding lives in a museum mystery
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Roginski
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
1860. An Aboriginal labourer named Jim Crow is led to the scaffold of the Maitland Gaol in colonial New South Wales. Among the onlookers is the Scotsman AS Hamilton, who will take bizarre steps in the aftermath of the execution to exhume this young man's skull. Hamilton is a lecturer who travels the Australian colonies teaching phrenology, a popular science that claims character and intellect can be judged from a person's head. For Hamilton, Jim Crow is an important prize. A century and a half later, researchers at Museum Victoria want to repatriate Jim Crow and other Aboriginal people from Hamilton's collection of human remains to their respective communities. But their only clues are damaged labels and skulls. With each new find, more questions emerge. Who was Jim Crow? Why was he executed? And how did he end up so far south in Melbourne? In a compelling and original work of history, Alexandra Roginski leads the reader through her extensive research aimed at finding the person within the museum piece. Reconstructing the narrative of a life and a theft, she crafts a case study that elegantly navigates between legal and Aboriginal history, heritage studies and biography
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Roginski, Alexandra
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Crow, Jim
  • Hamilton, A. S
  • Museum Victoria
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Phrenology
  • Body snatching
Target audience
adult
Label
The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski
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Copyright
Note
Originally published: Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, c2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
p225841869
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 198 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781525215629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, facsimiles
Specific material designation
large print
Label
The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, c2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
p225841869
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
xii, 198 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781525215629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, facsimiles
Specific material designation
large print

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