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In November 2004, in the small township of Palm Island in the far north of Queensland, Detective Hurley arrested Cameron Doomadgee for swearing at him. Doomadgee was drunk. A few hours later he died in a watch-house cell. According to the inquest, his liver was so badly damaged it was almost severed. (Source: Trove)

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Tall Man Tony Krawitz , ( dir. Tony Krawitz ) Sydney : Blackfella Films , 2011 Z1762237 2011 single work film/TV

'When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who’d been in a fatal car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step. The Palm Islanders rioted and burnt down the police station. The subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – who had been decorated for his work in Aboriginal communities – made headlines day after day, shadowed by Queensland police threatening to strike.'

'The Tall Man tells the gripping story of the trial, of the complex Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, and of the Doomadgee family as they struggle to understand what happened to their brother. ' (Source: Madman.com.au)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5).

Themes

faith, grief, History, humanity, oppresssion, Power, privilege, racism, revenge, violence

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Notes

  • Dedication: For Justin and Nicholas

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hamish Hamilton , 2008 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Description: illus. (b & w), map
      ISBN: 9780241015377 (pbk.), 9780241015407 (hbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      2009 .
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      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 January 2009.
      ISBN: 9780224084666
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
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      Alternative title: The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island
      Extent: 288p.
      Description: illus., map
      Reprinted: 2014
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 9 September 2009
      ISBN: 9780143010661 (pbk), 0143010662 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Scribner ,
      2009 .
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      Extent: 258p.
      ISBN: 9781416561590; 9781416561613
Alternative title: Wysoki : Śmierć Camerona Doomadgee
Language: Polish
Notes:
Translation of: Tall man : The Death of Doomadgee
    • Wołowiec,
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      Poland,
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      Eastern Europe, Europe,
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      Wydawn Czarne ,
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      Extent: 285p.
      Description: map
      ISBN: 9788375362183, 8375362182

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Works about this Work

Truth on Trial Lou Heinrich , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 24 2016; (p. 141-149)
'How recent Australian true-crime books have rejected male authority in court narratives and explored 'truth' through feelings.' (141)
The 'Poem of Force' in Australia: David Malouf, Ransom and Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man Margaret Reynolds , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 2016; (p. 195-209)
y separately published work icon Cultural Memory and Literature : Re-imagining Australia's Past Diane Molloy , Leiden : Brill , 2015 11024641 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'Cultural memory involves a community shared memories, the selection of which is based on current political and social needs. A past that is significant to a national group is re-imagined by generating new meanings that replace earlier certainties and fixed symbols or myths. This creates literary syncretisms with moments of undecidability. The analysis in this book draws on Renate Lachmann theory of intertextuality to show how novels that blur boundaries without standing in for history are prone to intervene in cultural memory. A brief overview of Aboriginal politics between the 1920s and the 1990s in relation to several novels provides historical and political background to the links between, and problems associated with, cultural memory, testimony, trauma, and Stolen Generations narratives, which are discussed in relation to Sally Morgan My Place and Doris Pilkington Rabbit-Proof Fence. There follows an analysis of novels that respond to the history of contact between Aboriginal and settler Australians, including Kate Grenville historical novels The Secret River, The Lieutenant, and Sarah Thornhill as examples of a traditional approach. David Malouf Remembering Babylon charts how language and naming defined our early national narrative that excluded Aboriginal people. Intertextuality is explored via the relation between Thea Astley The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, Chloe Hooper The Tall Man, and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Kim Scott Benang: from the heart and That Deadman Dance and Alexis Wright Carpentaria reflect a number of Lachmann concepts, syncretism, dialogism, polyphony, Menippean satire, and the carnivalesque.' (Publication summary)

"Why Raise Them to Die so Young?" : The Aesthetics of Fatalism in The Tall Man Jane Stenning , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man (2008) covers the circumstances surrounding the death in custody of Palm Island man Moordinyi. It has been praised for avoiding the codes of reporting that frame Indigenous Australians negatively, such as violent threats to the social order. In the mode of book-length literary journalism, Hooper places the events surrounding Moordinyi’s death within a broader context of dispossession and colonial violence. A stated aim of literary journalism is to engage ‘Other subjectivities’ in order to achieve a deeper understanding of perspective that cannot be accommodated in the typical news cycle. If this is so, it is important to identify how the indigenous subject position has been constituted in this text. Using tools of framing analysis, this paper will illustrate how another typical and negative frame organises the text. The Tall Man deploys a ‘fatalist’ frame which tends to position indigenous people as ill-destined victims. Given the text’s ‘literary’ credentials, which carry with them a degree of cultural authority, it is important to consciously draw out these elements which reinforce a sense of hopelessness, and which tend to mirror the kinds of unequal social relations which the text itself sets out to challenge.' (Publication abstract)
You're Reading Deborah Wearne , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 January 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
Book of the Week Andrew Rule , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 29 June 2008; (p. 24)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
Doing Island Time Benjamin Law , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 - 29 June 2008; (p. 24)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
Dark Hearts Illuminated Morag Fraser , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
The Great Divide Patrick Allington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 July 2008; (p. 16)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
Thoughtful Study of Events that Split Public Opinion Jennifer Moran , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 July 2008; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island Chloe Hooper , 2008 single work prose
Hooper's Crossing Mark Dapin , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 28 June 2008; (p. 30-31, 34, 36)
Lobbing Little Grenades Kathleen Noonan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 September 2008; (p. 36)
Prize-Winning Account of Brutal Death Leaves Mark Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 May 2009; (p. 4)
Harrowing Tale Wins Button Title Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 August 2009; (p. 4)
Author Wins Button Prize for Story of Death in Custody Kelsey Munro , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 August 2009; (p. 7)
Last amended 20 Oct 2017 10:11:39
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  • Palm Island, Ingham area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland,
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement (1918-1975), Ingham area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland,
  • 2000s
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