3 Aug 2017

The most famous trials in New Zealand's history

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:29 pm on 3 August 2017
Alfred Charles Hanlon: the defence lawyer for Minnie Dean

Alfred Charles Hanlon: the defence lawyer for Minnie Dean Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

There have been many famous trials in our history but only a few that have become part of our cultural consciousness.

Two such trials from different eras in our history are; Minnie Dean's trial (1895) and Arthur Allan Thomas' trials (1971/73). These are two of New Zealand's most famous trials and each one has had a major impact on NZ culture.

Victoria University historian Grant Morris looks back on these trials and explore what makes them so important.

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