Judge Sir Redmond Barry presided over the trial of Ned Kelly and sentenced the outlaw to death. Twelve days after Kelly was hanged, Barry himself died, of natural causes, as Kelly had predicted from the dock. For many people it was Barry, not Kelly, who became the villain of the piece. Is it possible 136 years later to give Redmond Barry a fair trial?
In this talk, historian Dr Andrew Lemon reprises what he told the Supreme and Federal Court Justices’ Conference in 2012 about the way historians have dealt with the reputation of this controversial colonial judge.
Presented as part of the Wild Colonial Boys Public Program at the Old Treasury Building, and as part of History Week 2016.
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