"Then my memory will get justice"
: the Finniss controversy revisited

  • Lloyd Francis Stapleton Browne

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Boyle Travis Finniss’s unfortunate reputation as the blunderer who attempted to build the Northern Territory’s first capital city in the mangrove swamps at Escape Cliffs is largely a product of the 1866 Commission of Enquiry – a quasi-judicial body tasked with investigating the many allegations of misconduct and mismanagement associated with Finniss’s seventeen month tenure as the Territory’s (first) Government Resident.

    Writing to his son Frederick in 1891 Finniss lamented the fact that an impartial examination of the Commission proceedings, which he was sure would restore his reputation, was unlikely to happen until long after his death.  Taking its title from the ensuing sentence “Then my memory will get justice”, and incorporating an array of contemporary source materials, the thesis uses a forensic evaluation of the evidence presented to the Commission as the basis for gleaning new insights into the circumstances of Finniss’s discreditation and recall.

    Date of Award2016
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorAlan Powell (Supervisor) & David Carment (Supervisor)

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