QUESTION: Choose a criminal case or trial in Australian history that attracted a lot of attention when
it occurred. ( THE CASE IS: Case: William Willshire, policeman responsible for murdering Aboriginal
people, 1880s90s )… What does it tell us about attitudes to crime in Australia, and Australian society
more generally, in its day?
Make sure to talk about key issues like fear and frontier ? or find other arguments that can relate and
make sure to Substantiate with evidence….
Would the case have been different if it wasn’t involved with aboriginal people?? Things to think
about and add into argument with the case and scholarly research.
Make sure to conduct primary resources as well as secondary readings and come up with an
argument that is driven by engagement with my primary research….
makes a persuasive and nuanced argument on the basis of a critical evaluation of evidence
engages with values assumptions and contested meanings into primary source/ secondary.
moves beyond an understanding of the facts and events to an analysis of the implications of the
arguments at work.
Please arrange bibliography into two sections
one entitled “Primary sources” & the other “Secondary sources”
Please add these References into bibliography…. & make sure to have other scholarly articles
properly referenced and footnoted.
1. Mulvaney, D. J., ‘Willshire, William Henry (1852–1925)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography,
https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/willshirewilliamhenry9128/text16101, published first in
2. Willshire, William Henry 1888, The Aborigines of Central Australia : with a vocabulary of the dialect
of the Alice Springs natives, [publisher not identified], [Place of publication not identified]
3. Nettelbeck, A., & Foster, R., In the Name of the Law: William Willshire and the Policing of the
Australian Frontier (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2007).