Story of Syron’s time in prison in ‘The Last Governor Diaries’

'The Last Governor Diaries'

‘The Last Governor Diaries’ published in 2013 has a chapter on Gordon Syron. The book, by John Heffernan talks about the NSW Prison System. Chapter 8 describes Gordon’s life before, during and after prison. Heffernan served for 30 years in NSW Department of Corrective Services. Chapter 8 also has a bit about Syron’s famous work ‘Judgement by His Peers’.

Chapter 8 begins,’ The year is 1972. A young aboriginal man has woken on this morning with a heavy heart. He has been pushed far enough and today is the day when he will make a stand, today he will seek justice. In his mind he and his family have been lied to and cheated out of what, he believes, is rightfully theirs. Today he will take it all back and thereby balance the scales of justice.’…

Those interested in finding out more about Gordon’s life can buy the book at:

THE LAST GOVERNOR DIARIES is a virtual record of the author’s 30 year journey through the NSW Department of Corrective Services and the many remarkable characters he meets along the way. Often frightening, yet at times humourous, THE LAST GOVERNOR DIARIES provides a unique insight into the closed and unseen world that exists behind the imposing high walls of the state’s prisons. This is a story of some very dangerous prisoners and a few very ordinary correctional officers. In many respects, this is a reminder that not all those charged with law enforcement are necessarily saints while not all those who break the law are complete sinners.

A collection of the kind of ‘war stories’ that prison officers swap when behind closed doors.



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