A series of factory fires in Sydney in 1916 leads to a full-blown treason trial. The case of the ‘IWW Twelve’ sees a dozen local members of a radical worldwide movement caught in a perfect political storm.
Storyteller: Dr Stephen Gray, Monash Law School
Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison
Topics for law nerds: Criminal law, jury trials, juries, police corruption, royal commissions, police powers, separation of powers.
- ‘Death Cults, Murdering a Police Officer, and the First World War' by Dr Stephen Gray (Alternative Law Journal)
- 'Enemy Within? The Wobblies' by Nerida Campbell (Sydney Living Museums)
- 'The Sydney Twelve — treason, conspiracy and conscription in Australia 1916' by Dr Barry York (Museum of Australian Democracy Blog)
All music in this episode by Podington Bear. Track listing:
- 'Elephants on Parade'
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