DEATH ON YORK STREET – 1946

DEATH ON YORK STREET - 1946

The victim, Jeanette Wicks. In 1935,  Jeanette Wicks divorced her husband  of seven years on the grounds of desertion.  She  subsequently supported herself  by operating a tiny kiosk, located at the entrance to a four storey building at 97 York Street, central Sydney.  Tobacco products and lottery tickets

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The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

THE THREE MAIN PLAYERS IN A VICTORIAN SCANDAL; ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS ADDRESSES IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND. In 1870, Dr James Gully, the eminent ‘water-cure’ physician  from Great Malvern (Worcestershire) fell in love with  a  patient young enough to be his daughter.   She  was the beautiful  Florence

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FIRE’S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

FIRE'S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

There are plans to re-open the old tunnel to visitors. Construction of the now disused Glenbrook railway tunnel began in 1891. It was opened the following year. Artist Arthur Streeton, then just 24,  had been living at Glenbrook for several months in 1891. His time was spent 

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DEATH AT SEA; ‘I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!’

DEATH AT SEA; 'I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!'

On February 16 1901,  the S.S. Talune was moored at the wharf in the New Zealand city of Wellington.  It was ready to leave for Sydney.  A young woman who had crossed with the vessel from Lyttleton, in the South Island, approached  chief steward  James Fletcher with

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S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO

S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO

I have just booked in to have my annual flu shot. With ANZAC day approaching, I have been thinking of the flu epidemic that began sweeping the world in the final weeks of WWI.  Good grief, as if there hadn’t been enough suffering. There was one South

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SYDNEY’S STEAM TRAMS

SYDNEY'S  STEAM TRAMS

 STEAM POWERED PEOPLE MOVERS FOR SYDNEY We learn that the Works Department is making arrangements for the construction of a temporary tramway from the Redfern terminus to Hunter-Street, to be used by visitors to the International Exhibition. They expect to be able to get the motors from

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AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

      Evelyn Marsden was always a spirited type.  Growing  up in rural  South Australia at  Hoyleton she became an accomplished horsewoman.  She spent holidays on a farm at Murray Bridge, and it was here she was taught to row on the Murray River, even fighting

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THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE ‘BABY’ ROLLS

THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE 'BABY' ROLLS

A THOUSAND POUNDS FOR A SHILLING! In 1920, an art union lottery was established in the Blue Mountain’s town of Katoomba, conceived and administered by Mr Edgar Booth. The object was to raise money for the improvement of the local showground. First prize was originally a  £1,000

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‘WAR’ AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK’S EGGS

'WAR' AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK'S EGGS

                Gold was discovered in the central west of New South Wales in 1893, at Wyalong.  It was feared the diggings might pollute the water supply; a dam known as White Tank.  Accordingly, the official  town was laid out about

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THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES AT WEST WYALONG

THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES  AT WEST WYALONG

 BUILT ON GOLD Gold was discovered at Wyalong in 1893 and within a few years it was pronounced  the most productive goldfield in the colony of New South Wales.  Three miles away, West Wyalong was unplanned, growing up along a winding  bullock track.  It became the main

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