This chapter examines the 1886 Mount Rennie Outrage: the defining rape tale of the colonies that for over a century has captured the (sometimes prurient) imaginations of Australians. This chapter (also) examines the source of the "frenzy" in response to Mt Rennie to explore the ways in which the crime was understood in terms of bourgeoning middle-class Sydney, and the new nation of Australia. I examine how a crime inflicted on women tapped into and fuelled the greatest debate - that of the nature of the Australian nation.
|Title of host publication||Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia|
|Editors||Scott Poynting, George Morgan|
|Place of Publication||Hobart|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|