Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda

Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, 1933.
Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, 1933. (AIATSIS: Wilson.E5.BW, N3636.03)

Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, a Yolngu elder from northeast Arnhem Land, was found guilty of the murder of a white policeman and sentenced to death in 1934. An appeal to the High Court made this the first case of an Aboriginal Australian to be heard in that court. Dhakiyarr's story is revealed in the records of Australian governments and in the account told by his descendants.

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