The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island
This is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Chris Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial.
Above all, The Tall Man ...more
This is shocking and sad both in the immediate tragedy of Mr. Doomadgee's death and the subsequent lack of justice but also in the context of the bigger picture of some aspects of the treatment of indigenous Australians. As a southerner (I'm from Melbourne) I found it almost like ...more
The number of deaths of indigenous Australians in custody has been a prominent issue and in 2004, on Palm Island, an Aboriginal man, Cameron Doomadgee, known as Mulrunji, was arrested for verbally abusing a police o ...more
This book is about the first and only policeman ever to be charged in relation to a death in custody in an Australia jail/prison. In November 2003, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley arrested Chris Doomadgee for "public nuisance" and took him to the Palm Island Jail. Forty mi ...more
Journalist Chloe Hooper chronicles a pivotal series of events in the history of white/Aboriginal interaction in Queensland, Australia. Her writing is clear and descriptive, and she breathes new life into the real characters most readers will only know from the pages of her book. The Palm Island and surrounding settings are so vividly drawn that she could almost be writing ethnography, and the legal drama that unfolds is a story as gripping ...more
I wrote the following review as a student piece in 2010, not long after first reading Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee, or as it was titled then, 'The Tall Man':
Written by Walkley award-winning journalist Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man is a highly nuanced and penetrative account of the author’s observations while on Palm Island during the inquiry into the death in police custody of Cameron Mulrunji Doomadgee.
‘On 19th November 2004, a drunk Aboriginal man had been arrested for swearing at police. Les ...more
The ugly side of race relations is shown here, warts and all, in tragic but unfortunately frequently occurring circumstances.
This is the author's account of the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee and the arresting officer, Chris Hurley accused of his death. The story is interspersed with Aboriginal beliefs and culture (old and present day) and the "culture" of the police who close ranks and harbour ing ...more
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper is narrative non-fiction focusing on Cameron Doomadgee’s death in police custody while also explaining some of the culture and history leading to the event and the exoneration of Chris Hurley, the police officer charged with manslaughter.
This harrowing and shameful period of recent Australian ...more
Whilst I'm very very glad I final ...more
Cameron Doomadgee est un aborigène d’une trentaine d’année lorsqu’un matin de novembre 2004, il se fait arrêter par le sergent Hurley pour trouble de l’ordre public. Quelques heures plus tard Cameron est retrouvé mort ...more
Hooper delivers some really interesting insights into the cultural history of Queensland aborigines and also provid ...more
In 2004, a young Aboriginal man called Cameron Doomadgee was arrested on a remote island off the coast of Queensland for ostensibly swearing at a white policeman. Within an hour, he was dead in a police cell, his liver almost split in half, four ribs broken and his eye blackened. The police said he had suffered a fall. His family and the local community did not believe them
Journalist Chloe Hooper immerses herself in the investigation of this death in custody. She is ...more
Critics agree that Tall Man is true-crime journalism at its finest. While Hooper, who admittedly knew little about Aboriginal life before researching the topic, focuses much of the book on the manslaughter trial, she tells a much wider story about centuries of Aboriginal life, government policies, and historic injustices. Thoughtful and compassionate, the book is also fast paced as Hooper becomes immersed in the community on Palm Island, especially in the Doomadgee clan. While she didn't have ac...more
Man explores the systematic racism in Australia. Doomadgee is arrested for public drunkenness: or was he arrested for insulting a police officer and need to be taught a lesson? Within an hour Doomadgee is dead in a police cell. His liver had been assaulted so violently that it was forced against the spine with sufficient for to tear the liver in two. Hurley, the arresting officer, claims that Doomadgee injured himself in a fall on the step into the station. The coroner’s report said that there w ...more