The Execution of Charles Hines 1897
The township of Maitland in New South Wales on the tidal extreme of the Hunter River, established in 1820 took 23 years to warrant the construction of a Gaol for the uses of the whole Hunter district.
From 1843 through to 1897, sixteen men were executed on site at the Maitland gaol. Although Public hangings had been outlawed in New South Wales in 1855, Maitland Gaol appears to have not received that particular memo and continued to hang people publicly until 1861. I will endeavour to find an account of that last public hanging in future blog posts.
This post is the circumstance of the last man hung at Maitland Goal, Charles Hines.
The public hangings were held in the area at the front gates and when hanging were no longer a public event, they were held in the north western corner of the…
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