Police magistrate Edward Denny Day shaped up Maitland in 1837.
But his most significant legacy relates to events at Myall Creek in 1838, after a gang of eleven convict and ex-convict stockmen led by a squatter brutally slaughtered a group of twenty eight Aboriginal men, women and children. The Myall Creek massacre marked the first time white men in the penal colony were convicted and subsequently hanged for massacring Aborigines. Without police magistrate Denny Day’s investigation, would justice have been done?
Terry Smyth, author of Edward Denny Day: the life and times of Australia’s greatest lawman, provides insight into this fascinating and important character in Maitland’s history.