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Mawlee's murder: a minor historical event

Mishra, Margaret C. (2013) Mawlee's murder: a minor historical event. Double Dialogues: The Event, The Subject and The Artwork, 16 . pp. 1-11. ISSN 1447-9591

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The purpose of this article is to recover a minor historical event 13 the event of murder. On Tuesday, March 11, 1890, eighteen year old Mawlee was brutally killed at the Rarawai Plantation in Ba, Fiji. After an interval of six to eight weeks, this crime was reported locally in The Fiji Times ('Murder in Fiji', 1890: 6) and internationally in The Advertiser ('Dreadful Murder at Fiji', 1890: 7) and Auckland Star ('Murder at Fiji: A Dreadful Affair', 1890: 5). The publication of these stories coincided with the death sentence meted out to indentured labourer, Dhunnoo, by the Supreme Court in Nausori. On May 5, the Court heard that the accused and deceased were living together as man and wife until Mawlee left Dhunnoo to live with indentured labourer, Badloo. Then on March 11 as Mawlee was returning from work carrying a bundle of firewood, a hoe and a billycan (a metal pot used to carry food), she was confronted by Dhunnoo and dragged into the cane.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 02:41
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 23:59

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