Gone for A Song - A death in custody on Palm Island

By Jeff Waters


One hot morning in November 2004 on Queensland's Palm Island a young Indigenous man made some comments that clearly irritated the police officer in the midst of making an arrest nearby. Less than two hours later the man, whose name was Mulrunjidi, died in a lock-up, and more than two years after that, the first policeman to be charged over a black death in custody faced court. He was later found not guilty.

Was $24.95

Now $12.50 (slightly smoke damaged).


Written by Jeff Waters, an ABC journalist who closely followed the case, this book also puts the abusive treatment of Indigenous Queenslanders in its full historical context. In doing so, it sheds light on how such a death could happen, and why it could lead to aborted investigations and ultimately, legal and political crises.