History

A Forensic Footnote to the Forrest River Debate

In the debate between myself, Professor Geoffrey Bolton and Dr Neville Green concerning the allegations of mass murder investigated by the 1926 Forrest River Royal Commission, carried in the “Ethics and the Practice of History” Volume 26/2010 of Studies in Western Australian History, Dr Neville Green disputed the testimony of Dr D.S. Mackenzie, Chief Resident Medical Officer at Perth Hospital. My recent research concerning Dr Green’s claims in this aspect of the case might be of interest to historians. Dr Mackenzie testified concerning forensic dimensions in the matter. It was alleged that the police patrol to capture Lumbia, the Aboriginal…

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