Following Wayne's email of the other day - there were a number of PJ Convicts
and others, who, after being found guilty and sentenced to death for a colonial
crime were sentenced to death and their remains to be dissected. I have
previously posted a few to the list, but here is one:
September 14, 1811
Head Quarters, Sydney, Sat. 14 Sept, 1811
The Criminal Court which assembled yesterday at Sydney, is dissolved, and the
members thereof are to return to their former respective duties.
The Criminal John DUNNE otherwise called John Donne, tried for and convicted of
the horrid and atrocious murder of Mary ROWE some time since at Parramatta, and
now under Sentence of Death is to be executed in pursuance of his sentence on
Monday next the 16th Instant, between the hours of Eight oclock in the morning
and Twelve oclock at Noon, in the Town of Parramatta, as near as possible to
the spot where the Murder was committed, of which the said John Dunne otherwise
Donne has been convicted.
After the body of the criminal is dead, and has been cut down, it is to be sent
to the General Hospital at Parramatta, where it is to undergo the Operation of
being dissected and anatomised by the Medical Officer there pursuant to the
Sentence, previous to its being buried.
A Guard, consisting of Subaltern Officer and Thirty Soldiers from the Company of
the 73rd Regiment stationed at Parramatta will attend the execution of the
Culprit under Sentence of Death.
The criminal John Dunne escorted by a proper Number of Peace Officers, is to be
sent up to Parramatta tomorrow, by water, and delivered over on his Arrival to
the Custody of the Gaoler at that place.
By Command of His Excellency the Governor.
CLAIM A CONVICT
From: flora.1 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 6:24 PM
Subject: [PJ] Surgeons...
Hello Lesley and List,
The following clip from an UK police web page raises interest apart from the
Prior to the passing of the 1832 Anatomy Act the only corpses the
profession could legally get their hands on were those of hanged murderers
these only averaged about 20-30 a year. There was not enough to fill the
demand... ... ...
At that time, in the eyes of the Law, dead bodies were not considered property
so if the local parish constable found someone taking a body could only be
charged with the minor offences of breaking and entering or offending public
morals. There was great demand for the services of body snatchers. Surgeons
needed them to practice their trade and conduct research. <
Further reading concerning the history of Western surgery can be found at the