White natives and gang rape at the time of centenary

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOutrageous! Moral panics in Australia
EditorsScott Poynting, George Morgan
Place of PublicationHobart
PublisherACYS Publishing
Pages171-180
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781875236596
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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