Item #CL189-160 Release Violet And Bruce Roberts. Jan MacKay, Toni Robertson, b.1950 Aust., b.1953 Aust.
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Release Violet And Bruce Roberts

1980. Colour screenprint, “Earthworks Poster Collective” logo in image lower left, 57.7 x 91.7cm. Repaired minor missing portions to upper right edge and centre left of image. Linen-backed.

Text continues “Why are they still in jail?” Held in NGA.

The following is an extract from the National Museum of Australia “In December 1975 Violet Roberts and her son Bruce Roberts were arrested and later convicted of murdering Violet’s husband, Eric Roberts. Violet and her six children had endured years of violence and abuse at the hands of Eric Roberts. However, the Roberts’ personal story was not told during their trial as the law required that a defence of provocation could only be argued if the killing was done ‘in the heat of the moment.’ In response to this injustice a ‘Free Violet and Bruce Roberts Campaign’ was begun by the Women Behind Bars organisation…[Banners and posters] succeeded in attracting public and media attention. These banners are icons of the successful campaign which resulted in the release of Violet and Bruce Roberts and the subsequent change to the NSW Crimes Act to provide recognition of the impact and effects of domestic violence.”

Item #CL189-160

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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