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Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91


Appendix 2: Names of deceased persons

Table 1 lists the names of deceased persons whose deaths were investigated by the Commission. Table 2 lists the names of persons whose cases were inquired into by the Commission but which were found to be outside its jurisdiction. The lists are based on Appendices B(I) and B(II) in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody National Report, Vol 5 (Commissioner Elliott Johnston), AGPS, Canberra 1991.

In some indigenous communities use of the name of a dead person may cause offence and distress. In these instances the Royal Commission ordered the suppression of the name of the deceased at the request of the individual's family and for cultural reasons. In the tables below these individuals are identified by their place of death and are marked with an asterisk.

Table 1

Deaths inquired into which were found to be within the jurisdiction of the Commission

Name Commissioner Hearing days Witnesses Date of death Place of death
ANDERSON, Robert O'Dea 4 16 28/2/83 Wiluna Lockup, WA
Atkinson, Shane Wootten 8 23 5/10/86 Griffith Watch-house, NSW
Arukun* Wyvill 13 21 11/4/87 Arukun Watch-house, Qld
BARNES, Faith O'Dea 2 4 27/10/82 Royal Perth Hospital, WA
BARNEY, Walter Wyvill 4 9 22/2/81 Townsville Prison, Qld
BATES, Bobby O'Dea 2 5 2/6/86 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA
Beatrice Hill Prison Farm* O'Dea 3 0 21/9/88 Beatrice Hill Prison Farm, NT
BETTS, Edward Johnston 8 5 6/10/87 Port Lincoln Watch- house, SA
BINKS, Muriel Wyvill 9 25 11/3/89 Townsville Base Hospital, Qld
Blankett, Nita O'Dea 6 15 14/1/82 en route to St Andrews Medical Centre Midland, WA
BONEY, Lloyd Wootten 10 12 6/8/87 Brewarrina Watch-house, NSW
BOOTH, Patrick Wyvill 4 7 15/11/88 Rockhampton Prison, Qld
Brisbane Prison* Wyvill 1 0 4/12/80 Brisbane Prison, Qld
BROWN, Stanley O'Dea 7 23 27/6/87 Broome Lockup, WA
Burralangi * Johnston 3 0 13/10/88 Royal Darwin Hospital, NT
BUZZACOTT, Malcolm Johnston 9 7 19/7/82 en route from place of work back to Port Augusta Gaol, SA
CAMERON, Edward O'Dea 8 14 8/7/88 Geraldton Lockup, WA
CAMPBELL, Peter Wootten 12 23 11/2/80 Long Bay Gaol, NSW
CARR, Thomas Wootten 1 0 23/3/81 Minda Remand Centre, NSW
Ceduna* Johnston 9 14 18/2/83 Ceduna Watch-house, SA
CHATUNALGI, Donald O'Dea 1 3 15/12/88 Halls Creek Lockup, WA
CLARK, Glenn Wootten 14 27 27/3/86 Glenorchy Watch-house, Tas
Darwin Prison* Johnston 20 20 5/7/85 Darwin Prison, NT
DAY, Harrison Wootten 5 13 23/6/82 Echuca District Hospital, Vic.
DIXON, Kingsley Muirhead 27 57 9/7/87 Adelaide Gaol, SA
DOOLER, Wayne O'Dea 7 19 19/6/80 Carnarvon Lockup, WA
DOUGAL, Albert O'Dea 8 16 9/12/80 Derby Regional Hospital, WA
DUNROBIN, Gregory Wyvill 7 19 2/8/84 Cherbourg Watch-house, Qld
EGAN, Joyce Johnston 4 0 5/8/88 Mount Gambier Watch- house, SA
Elliott* O'Dea 6 6 21/3/85 Elliott Watch-house, NT
FARMER, Paul Muirhead 7 14 11/7/841 Albany Regional Prison, WA
GARLETT, Darryl O'Dea 5 10 26/5/80 Wooroloo District Hospital, WA
Geraldton* O'Dea 5 17 31/12/88 Geraldton Lockup, WA
GOLLAN, Michael Johnston 7 9 19/6/88 SA Youth Training Centre
GOLLAN, Stanley Johnston 8 10 7/3/86 Mount Gambier Hospital, SA
GREEN, Dixon O'Dea 4 8 19/11/85 Broome Regional Prison, WA
GUNDY, David Wootten 36 29 27/4/89 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW
HARRIS, Donald O'Dea 2 5 10/3/88 Fremantle Hospital, WA
HIGHFOLD, John Muirhead 7 26 4/1/83 Adelaide Gaol, SA
HYDE, Charlie Wyvill 7 28 18/12/86 Yarrabah Watch-house, Qld
Jabanardi at Ti- Tree* Johnston 7 6 29/7/80 Aileron Road, Ti Tree, off Stuart Highway, NT
Jambajimba* Johnston 22 39 16/6/80 Alice Springs Prison, NT
JOHNSON, Bernard Wyvill 6 7 7/6/86 Townsville Prison, Qld
JONES, Christine O'Dea 6 20 18/10/80 Midland Lockup, WA
KARPANY, Craig Johnston 3 2 27/1/89 Darlington Watch-house, SA
KARPANY, Keith Johnston 17 23 14/3/83 Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA
Katherine* Johnston 15 21 21/11/84 Katherine Watch-house, NT
KEARNEY, Paul Wootten 5 9 11/7/86 Darlinghurst Watch- house, NSW
KOOWOOTHA, David Wyvill 10 34 14/3/87 Cairns Base Hospital, Qld
KULLA KULLA, Charlie Wyvill 15 46 12/8/84 Coen Watch-house, Qld
Kwementyaye Price* Johnston 4 8 21/11/80 Alice Springs Watch- house, NT
LACEY, Daniel Wyvill 1 0 1/6/872 Brisbane Prison, Qld
LESLIE, Bruce Wootten 19 47 6/6/85 Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW
LORRAWAY, Daniel Wyvill 4 5 16/5/81 en route to Townsville Base Hospital, Qld
MCGRATH, Bernard O'Dea 10 26 15/11/87 Kalgoorlie Lockup, WA
MAU, Nikira Wyvill 1 0 3/1/81 Brisbane City Watch- house, Qld
MICHAEL, Charles Muirhead 15 42 9/10/84 Barton's Mill Prison, WA
MICHAEL, Steven O'Dea 1 3 23/5/87 Canning Vale Remand Centre and Prison, WA
MISI, Patrine Wyvill 6 6 14/3/85 Townsville Watch-house, Qld
MOFFATT, Arthur Wootten 8 30 11/6/87 Warragul Watch-house, Vic
MOORE, James Wootten 7 13 15/5/82 Swan Hill District Hospital, Vic
MORRISON, Benjamin O'Dea 7 20 6/4/88 Fremantle Lockup, WA
MURRAY, Edward Muirhead 30 76 12/6/81 Wee Waa Watch-house, NSW
MURRAY, Thomas Wootten 8 21 31/12/83 Bowral Hospital, NSW
NEAN, Clarence Wootten 2 4 15/8/82 Dubbo Base Hospital, NSW
NJANJI, Jimmy O'Dea 9 18 22/5/85 Port Hedland Regional Hospital, WA
NOBLE, Perry Wyvill 14 29 4/12/86 Yarrabah Watch-house, Qld
O'ROURKE, Karen Wyvill 5 13 11/2/80 Rockhampton Base Hospital, Qld
Oodnadatta* Johnston 8 11 17/12/83 Oodnadatta Watch- house, SA
PAT, John Johnston ?54 ?48 28/9/83 Roebourne Lockup, WA
PILOT, John Wyvill 13 48 25/1/87 Brisbane City Watch- house, Qld
POLAK, Kim O'Dea 3 13 28/3/85 Kalgoorlie Lockup, WA
QUAYLE, Mark Wootten 13 27 24/6/87 Wilcannia Watch-house, NSW
REVELL, Mark Wootten 9 8 29/10/82 Grafton Watch-house, NSW
RIVERSLEIGH Alistair Wyvill 6 25 13/3/87 Doomadgee Watch- house, Qld
Royal Darwin Hospital* Johnston 9 7 2/4/87 Royal Darwin Hospital , WA
RYAN, Vincent Wyvill 6 15 30/3/85 Townsville Prison, Qld
SALT, Monty Wyvill 11 13 21/6/87 en route to Cooktown Hospital, Qld
SAMSON, Ginger O'Dea 0 0 30/3/88 Roebourne Lockup, WA
SAUNDERS, Max Wootten 3 4 28/11/88 Goulburn Training Centre, NSW
SEMMENS, Gordon Johnston 9 7 23/7/80 Port Augusta Gaol, SA
SHORT, Deidre Wyvill 4 17 24/3/89 Lockhart River Watch- house, Qld
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital* O'Dea 9 16 25/2/83 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA
SMITH, Malcolm Wootten 7 22 5/1/83 Prince Henry Hospital, NSW
TIERS, Barbara Wyvill 2 7 1/2/89 Rockhampton Watch- house, Qld
UGLE, Ronald O'Dea 2 1 12/12/83 Broome District Hospital, WA
VICENTI, Ricci O'Dea 3 17 31/3/82 Royal Perth Hospital, WA
WAIGANA, Misel O'Dea 4 11 4/3/87 East Perth Lockup, WA
WALKER, Robert Wyvill 33 55 28/8/84 Fremantle Prison, WA
WALKER, Roy O'Dea 4 6 2/4/81 Royal Perth Hospital, WA
WALLEY, Graham O'Dea 4 13 23/10/88 Greenough Regional Prison, WA
WELLS, Milton O'Dea 4 11 6/8/85 Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital, WA
WEST, Edward Wyvill 6 16 9/7/87 Cherbourg Watch-house, Qld
WILLIAMS, Peter Wootten 5 21 18/11/87 Grafton Gaol, NSW
WODULAN, Hugh O'Dea 5 19 19/7/83 Broome Lockup, WA
WOUTERS, Darren Wyvill 6 12 15/11/87 Brisbane City Watch- house, Qld
Wujal Wujal* Wyvill 10 21 29/3/87 Wujal Wujal Watch- house, Qld
YARRIE, Barbara Wyvill 7 31 14/4/86 Royal Brisbane Hospital, Qld
YARRIE, Fay Wyvill 4 28 15/12/88 Royal Brisbane Hospital, Qld

Table 2

Deaths inquired into which were found to be outside the Jurisdiction of the Commission

Name Date of death Place of death Reason outside jurisdiction
Adams Skull found 19/6/84 – Adams disappeared Sept 1982 Collarenebri, NSW No evidence to suggest that the death had any connection with custody
Ashwell 8/11/87 Townsville Prison, Qld Not Aboriginal
Barnes 12/8/85 Wacol Detention Centre, Qld Not in custody
Buchanan 10/11/86 Happy Valley, near Coffs Harbour, NSW Death not caused or contributed to by time spent in custody
Clayton 2/1/82 Tamworth, NSW Death not caused or contributed to by time spent in custody
Cobb 14/8/87 Cooma Jail, NSW Not Aboriginal
Cooper 3/8/84 Prince Henry Hospital, NSW No injury was sustained while in custody that caused or contributed to death
Doctor 14/12/82 Mater Public Hospital, Qld Not in custody
Gentle 21/3/85 Rockingham Police Lockup, Perth, WA Not Aboriginal
Gloede 17/18 Jun 80 Gnowangerup Police Station, WA Not Aboriginal
Graey 28/11/83 Brisbane Hospital, Qld Not in custody
Green, D 20/3/82 Greenough Regional Hospital, WA Not in place of detention
Hillsey 14/12/87 Pentridge Prison, NSW Not Aboriginal
Johns 5/2/75 Police Lockup, Katanning, WA Outside time restriction of Terms of Reference
Koko 8/2/83 Murat Bay Hospital, SA Not in custody
Majurey 29/10/85 Geraldton, WA Not Aboriginal
Mulvihill 14/9/87 Sydney Police Centre, NSW Not Aboriginal
Simpson 24/8/85 Railway Hotel, Mullewa, WA Not in custody
Stanley 2/5/86 Brisbane Hospital, Qld Not in custody
Teace 27/10/81 Former Urandangi Lockup, Qld Not in place of detention
Tiddle 1985 Shepparton Police Cells, Vic. Not Aboriginal
Walker 20/12/86 McLachlan Street Sobering Up Centre, Darwin, NT Not in custody
Wunnunmurra 4/7/83 Gove Hospital, NT Not in custody
Yow Yeh 27/6/75 Police Watch- house, Mackay, Qld Outside time restriction of terms of reference

Notes

Chapter notes | All notes

1 Shown as 11 April in the individual case report

2 Shown as 12 June 1987 in the individual case report


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