September 6, 1903: At Hillgrove, Armidale, New South Wales, fourteen year old Ellen Hocking has sex with eighteen year old Burgess Boland, (at that time the age of consent in this jurisdiction was 14). Later, she accuses him of rape, but admits under oath that she consented. The defence lawyer alluded to her as a lying young hussy. At that time, Boland could have been sentenced to death. The last execution for rape in Australia was September 26, 1932; in 1911, David Bennett was given a life sentence for rape, but was released after only six years going on to rape again, this time his victim was 4 years old.
[The relevant press report, from Truth, September 20, 1903, page 8, is too faint to include here].
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