Monday, January 19, 2009

Prisoner Henry PAGE

Henry Page was convicted of rape in 1866,sentenced to death. He was received at the Hobart Gaol from Launceston Supreme Court, and photographed by T. Nevin at the Hobart Gaol on 2 December 1873 when the sentence of death was reprieved.

Warrant for Page, James or Henry, 27 July 1866. 
Source: Tasmania Reports of Crime (police gazettes)

Public outrage at capital punishment, sparked by the execution of Job Smith whom Nevin had photographed under the alias of William Campbell (NLA and TMAG Collections), referred to the reprieve granted to Charles Downes, as well as Marsh and Henry Page, in letters to the Mercury, May 29th 1875. This letter expressed disbelief in the inconsistencies of the sentences:

Capital Punishment: Marsh, Page and Downes reprieved,
Job Smith executed.
The Mercury 29 May 1875

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