Last execution in Australia

On February 3, 1967, Ronald Ryan became the last person executed in Australia. He was hanged in Pentridge Prison in Melbourne for killing a guard during an escape attempt. Belief in Ryan's innocence led to protests across the country, culminating in the Death Penalty Abolition Act of 1973.

The Last Man Hanged, a documentary about the execution of Ronald Ryan, was released in 1993.


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