Coverart for item
The Resource The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski

The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski

Label
The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery
Title
The hanged man and the body thief
Title remainder
finding lives in a museum mystery
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Roginski
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is 1860 in Australia. An Aboriginal laborer named Jim Crow is led to the scaffold of the Maitland Gaol in colonial New South Wales. Among the onlookers is the Scotsman A.S. Hamilton, who will take bizarre steps in the aftermath of the execution to exhume this young man's skull. Hamilton is a lecturer who travels the Australian colonies teaching phrenology, a popular science that claims character and intellect can be judged from a person's head. For Hamilton, Jim Crow is an important prize. A century and a half later, researchers at Museum Victoria want to repatriate Jim Crow and other Aboriginal people from Hamilton's collection of human remains to their respective communities. But, their only clues are damaged labels and skulls. With each new find, more questions emerge. Who was Jim Crow? Why was he executed? And, how did he end up so far south in Melbourne? In a compelling and original work of history, author Alexandra Roginski leads readers through her extensive research, aimed at finding the person within the museum piece. Reconstructing the narrative of a life and a theft, she crafts a case study that elegantly navigates between the law and Aboriginal history, heritage studies and biography. The Hanged Man and the Body Thief is a nuanced story about phrenology, a biased legal system, the aspirations of a new museum, and the dilemmas of a theatrical third wife. It is, most importantly, a tale of two very different men, the collector and the collected, one of whom can now return home
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roginski, Alexandra
Dewey number
  • 920.00929915
  • 305.89915
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Crow, Jim
  • Hamilton, A. S
  • Museum Victoria
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Human remains (Archaeology)
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Phrenology
  • Body snatching
Label
The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000054453123
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
124 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781922235664
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)905541303
Label
The hanged man and the body thief : finding lives in a museum mystery, Alexandra Roginski
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000054453123
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
124 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781922235664
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)905541303

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
Processing Feedback ...