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'Murderous coppers': police, industrial disputes and the 1929 Rothbury shootings

Evans, Richard 2012, 'Murderous coppers': police, industrial disputes and the 1929 Rothbury shootings, History Australia, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 176-200.

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Title 'Murderous coppers': police, industrial disputes and the 1929 Rothbury shootings
Author(s) Evans, Richard
Journal name History Australia
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 176
End page 200
Total pages 25
Publisher Monash University ePress
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1449-0854
1833-4881
Summary Norman Brown, a coalminer engaged in picketing the Rothbury colliery, was shot dead by police in 1929. The Rothbury incident and the police suppression which followed became part of both union folklore and the personal legend of one police officer, William John MacKay, later New South Wales Police Commissioner. This article probes beneath the layers of myth that surround Rothbury and argues that the initial tragedy was largely the result of police incompetence, and that MacKay’s association with the shooting is deeply ironic. The more measured police actions that followed the shootings were Mackay’s responsibility, however, and they had damaging long-term consequences.
Language eng
Field of Research 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Monash University ePress
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037149

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of History, Heritage and Society
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