Category: Australia, Death by Hanging

Categories: Australia, History | Death by Hanging

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The last state execution in Australia was on 3 February 1967, when Ronald Ryan was ‘hanged by the neck until dead’ at Pentridge Gaol, Melbourne, for the murder of prison officer George Hodson.

"Capital punishment remained the law in five of the six states after Ryan’s death—Queensland had abolished it as early as 1922—but not for long. Tasmania followed in 1968, Victoria in 1975, South Australia in 1976 and New South Wales and Western Australia in 1984. The federal government abolished capital punishment in the territories in 1973, and the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Act 2010 blocked any state or territory from reintroducing it."

Source: "Capital punishment in Australia: Barry York looks at the Library’s holding of material relating to capital punishment", National Library of Australia, ( : accessed 4 March 2018).

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