Stephan Williams

The True Story of Jimmy Governor

Author's Home Country: 
True Crime

A true-life Wild West story set in Australia, involving murder, gun battles, a huge posse and the largest manhunt in Australian history.

When Jimmy Governor, known as a hard worker who played a good game of cricket, married Ethel Page in 1898 he was challenging a code. For Ethel Page was a white women and Jimmy Governor's skin was black. Two and a half years later, the cost of that challenge was nine murders and three judicial executions.

Special Interests: 
Allen & Unwin
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Stephan Williams

Author Information
Williams, Stephan

About the Author

Stephan Williams has been a weigh-bridge operator, social worker, IT researcher, golf-course groundsman and film researcher, among other occupations. His primary interest has always been to travel the neglected byways of history, writing about the 'footnote characters' of colonial Australia,. Among his many publications are studies of convicts and folk song, bushrangers and poetry.