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A Little Bit of Justice

The story of Charlie Flannigan - the first man to be executed in the Northern Territory of South Australia
Presenter Donald J. Christophersen
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Steven Farram
T: 08 8946 6865 E: steven.farram@cdu.edu.au
Location Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1.2.48, CDU Casuarina campus
Open to CDU staff and students, Public

Author talk by Donald J. Christophersen.

Drawing by Charlie Flannigan

Charlie Flannigan was a young Aboriginal stockman and a renowned horseman from Queensland who worked at various cattle stations in the Northern Territory. Events at Auvergne Station in 1892 resulted in his incarceration at Fannie Bay Gaol and his execution the following year.

During his ten months’ imprisonment, Charlie was kept in chains in solitary confinement. He was also given pencil and paper with which he produced a startling collection of images of people and places he had known.

In this talk, Don Christophersen discusses his new book, A Little Bit of Justice. The story of Charlie Flannigan – the first man to be executed in the Northern Territory of South Australia. Don also shares many of Charlie’s drawings and explains why he wanted to research his story.

Author biography

Don Christophersen
Don Christophersen - photo by Sia Duff, South Australian Museum

Don Christophersen was born and has lived his entire life in the Northern Territory. Don is a descendant of the First Nation’s language groups of the Cobourg Peninsula and Kakadu National Park and has been employed with Library and Archives NT for the last four years. Don’s passion is the researching and telling of the history of the Northern Territory both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

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