Remembrance for Australia’s last hanged man Ronald Ryan

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The location of the last state execution in Australia took place in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne. Image: Stephen White, Flickr.

Fifty years ago today the last person ever executed by an Australian state was hung in Victoria amid a howl of protests.

Ronald Ryan was sentenced to death for the murder of jail guard George Hodson during a prison escape, although he maintained his innocence of the crime until the very end.

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