"The loftiest place is the seat of grace
For which all worldlings try:
But who would stand in hempen band
Upon a scaffold high,
And through a murderer’s collar take
His last look at the sky?"
(The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde, 1898)

Queensland was - believe it or not - the first part of the British Empire to abolish capital punishment. That happened back in 1922, before which time a total of 94 people had been judicially executed north of the Tweed - all of them by hanging.

'A Scaffold High' looks at the fascinating story of executions in the 'Sunshine State'.

Christopher Dawson MPHA (Qld) is a professional historian with extensive research experience on the history of capital punishment.