Scapegoats of the Empire
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Scapegoats of the Empire- by George Witton tells the story of court martial of Harry -Breaker- Morant.
Harry Morant was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, poet, and soldier whose renowned skill with horses earned him the nickname -The Breaker.- Articulate, intelligent, and well-educated, he was also a published poet.
During service in the Second Boer War – 1899 to 1902,- Morant was responsible for shooting prisoners of war, which he claimed he was ordered to do. Morant and the author George Witton and one other were court-martialed by the British Army.
In the century since his death, Morant has become a folk hero in Australia. His story has been the subject of several books and a major Australian feature film
This book was originally published in 1907 but was suppressed by the Australian government. (There is no right of freedom of the press in Australia – even today). Many copies of the Scapegoats of the Empire were burned and for a long time the book was unavailable. Prior to its reprint in 1982 there were only seven copies of the book which had survived in various Australian libraries and in the possession of Witton’s family.