Early aerial photo of Mt Eden prison
Mt Eden Prison

An Auckland desperado: Isaac Robinson

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From Thursday 8 October to Sunday 11 October


Blockhouse Bay Library

578 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay

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Long before George Wilder became a New Zealand legend with his prison escapes and the manhunts to apprehend him, there was Isaac Robinson, ex-soldier and serial-escapee from the Mt Eden stockade.

Taking place over 150 years ago, his story spans from Ngāruawāhia to the Waitākeres, with at least one incident taking place in Blockhouse Bay. He captured the public imagination for several months in 1866, then six years later vanished without a trace.

In this podcast local historian Lisa Truttman relates the lost tale of Isaac Robinson, the man no prison could hold for very long.

Presented by: Auckland Libraries

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