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Author Harris, Steve, 1950- author.

Title Solomon's noose : the true story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart / Steve Harris.

Published Melbourne, Vic. : Melbourne Books, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.6609946 HARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 321-325)
Summary The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty's hangman in Van Diemen's Land; the man who personally had to deliver an Empire's judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to survive ; all in the context of the great struggles of good-evil, life-death, hope-despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemen's Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood. The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay's character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen's Land. This is an important book in exposing the dark 'underbelly' in the formation of modern Australia.
Subject Blay, Solomon, 1816-1897.
Executions and executioners -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Biography.
Executions and executioners -- Australia -- Tasmania.
Tasmania -- Social life and customs -- 1803-1900.
Tasmania -- Social conditions -- 1803-1900.
Tasmania -- History -- 1803-1900.
Variant Title True story of her majesty's hangman of Hobart.
ISBN 9781922129741 (paperback)