Exhibition features death row drawings of first prisoner to be executed in NT

first_imgExhibition features death row drawings of first prisoner to be executed in NT NT GovernmentDrawings by a prisoner who became the first person to be executed at Darwin’s Fannie Bay Gaol are currently on show at the NT Library, Parliament House.A Little Bit of Justice: The Drawings of Charlie Flannigan will be exhibited until 27 June following the official opening yesterday afternoon.Charlie Flannigan, an Aboriginal stockman from Queensland, came to the Northern Territory in 1883 as one of the drovers who brought the first herd of cattle to Wave Hill and Victoria River Downs stations. He was a well-regarded horseman and prize-winning jockey who had participated in race meets throughout Australia.Nine years on in 1892, Flannigan’s fate was sealed when he fatally shot Auvergne Station manager Sam Croker. He fled to Western Australia but later turned himself into police and was transported by boat to the notorious Fannie Bay Gaol.Flannigan’s death sentence caused significant controversy but despite the public outcry, he was hanged at Fannie Bay Gaol on 15 July 1893 after declaring “I’m sorry for the life I led but I’m sure it will be okay where I’m going.”While awaiting his execution in solitary confinement, Flannigan, whose literacy was limited, created dozens of drawings that depicted his life and arrest. His art provides a unique insight into Northern Territory history and the life of a stockman in the late 1800s.Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech:“Library & Archives NT has worked with the South Australian Museum to bring Flannigan’s drawings to light after nearly 130 years.“These are strong images that document the life of a hard worker who came to the Territory as our pastoral industry was still in the throes of development.“A talented artist who showed great attention to detail, Flannigan produced these works while impeded by leg shackles and handcuffs.“The drawings offer insight into Flannigan’s own life as well as the Territory’s history and exemplify the importance of preserving our past through art.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, AusPol, Australia, Australian, culture, Darwin, death sentence, Exhibition, Government, industry, justice, Minister, Northern Territory, parliament, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australialast_img read more