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Dr Duncan, photographer unknown
Dr Duncan, photographer unknown

Talking History: The Death of Dr Duncan

University of Adelaide and History Trust of South Australia
Adelaide City


10 May, 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Lecture Theatre G03, Napier Building, University of Adelaide
259 North Tce, Adelaide, SA, 5000


The drowning of University of Adelaide law lecturer Dr Duncan in the River Torrens on 10 May 1972 is one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. On the 50th anniversary of Duncan’s death, come hear this fascinating talk by Tim Reeves based on his new book, The Death of Dr Duncan. Reeves pulls together the strands of a police investigation, coroner’s inquest, New Scotland Yard inquiry and trial. He paints a haunting picture of an introverted man who had been in Adelaide only seven weeks, of a society where male homosexuality was a taboo that could lead to imprisonment, and of a police force that used violence as a deterrent and for sport. Reeves also examines the attempts at gay law reform in SA triggered by Duncan’s killing. It is a story both disturbing and captivating.



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Content Warnings

Some language may offend


Suzanne Redman

8203 9888


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