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Title: Aboriginal tracker named Rodger in Spearwood, 1912
Imprint: Perth : Truth, 1912
Notes: Published in the newspaper Truth on 2 November 1912, page 9. Digital copy taken from microfilm at the State Library of WA in 2018. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that these images may contain images of people who are now deceased.
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Summary: In late 1912, French settler Marius Martin murdered his wife in their remote hut in Spearwood. Her body was found because Martin left a note with his neighbour confessing to the crime before disappearing. The Fremantle police were called in, and they brought an Aboriginal tracker known as Rodger to help them find Martin. His body was found hanging from a tree a mile away, where he had hanged himself after the crime.
Subject: Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Cockburn Region (W.A.)
Cockburn Region (W.A.) -- Spearwood
Crime -- Australia -- Cockburn Region (W.A.)
Aboriginal tracker named Rodger in Spearwood, 1912

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