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In 1895 Minnie Dean became the first (and only) woman to be hanged by law in New Zealand. Known as the 'Winton baby farmer', she had been convicted of the murder of baby Dorothy Edith Carter after a sensational trial in Invercargill.
Venn Young (left) stands with two National Party members in 1980. In 1974 Venn Young introduced a Crimes Amendment Bill to legalise homosexuality for those 21 and over but failed to get it passed into law.
The 'Crimes against Morality' section of the 1893 Criminal Code included punishments of flogging, whipping and hard labour for homosexual acts. These provisions continued until removed under the Crimes Act 1961.
To bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Member of Parliament Fran Wilde.
Social and political groups for homosexuals in New Zealand began with the Dorian Society in the 1960s. By the next decade, sexual and social liberation was in the air.
There is a long history of opposition to sexual activity between men and an equally long history of legislation that criminalised this activity.
Dunedin gaol where Joseph Sullivan was kept from 1868-74. Richard Burgess and Thomas Kelly (then Noon) were sent here from 1862-65 for robbery and associated charges
Felix Mathieu, a publican and storekeeper who was murdered at Maungatapu
Execution of Burgess, Kelly and LevyUse the scroll bar at the top of the article to increase the font size. Move around the article by click and dragging your mouse. codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="499" height="350"> Report of the executions on 5 October 1866. The report leaves out the gruesome detail that the hangman had to jump to the ground and swing on Kelly's legs until his 'struggles ceased'.
Trial summing up, 17-18 September 1866 Use the scroll bar at the top of the article to increase the font size. Move around the article by click and dragging your mouse. codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="499" height="350"> Report of the last two days of the trial of the Burgess gang.
Letter regarding remission of Sullivan's punishment codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="499" height="350"> Use the scroll bar at the top of the article to increase the text size. You can also download this file as a pdf (2.1mbs). Superintendent Nelson to Superintendent Canterbury: reasons for remission of punishment for [Joseph] Sullivan in Maungatupatu [Maungatapu] murder case, 31 December 1866.
Map showing main locations of Burgess gang crimes
The Burgess gang photographed at Nelson gaol in 1866
James de Pontius, the American miner killed at Maungatapu on 13 June 1866
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When Joseph Sullivan returned to Hokitika to give evidence about the robbery of the Hokitika police camp and the murder of George Dobson, a mob called for him to be lynched
Members of the Nelson Volunteers surrounded the gaol on the morning of the execution to ensure 'good order was maintained' by the public.
Depositions against the gang began on 2 August 1866 and attracted great excitement. It was only now that it was revealed that Sullivan had informed on the others.
Joseph Sullivan claimed to have acted solely as a lookout for the gang, and informed the police about the killing of James Battle, incriminating the others
For a few short months the Burgess gang embarked upon a crime spree along the west coast of the South Island that would culminate in the murder of five men on the Maungatapu Track.

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