THE MURDER OF VERA WATT – PART TWO

THE MURDER OF VERA WATT - PART TWO

THE A.P.C. OF MURDER  ….… click here for previous episode.                   The coronial inquest into the  death of 36 year old  Mrs Vera Doris  Watt on December 1 1941 opened on December 29.  She had died from strychnine, placed

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BITTER PILLS; THE MURDER OF VERA WATT

In the 1940s and 50s   A.P.C pills and  powders were one of the most popular ‘over the counter ‘ drugs in Australia. They were sold under the brand names of Vincent’s or Bex. The  highly successful advertising slogan for Bex was ‘ Stressed? All you need

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BEX WAS NOT ALWAYS BEST!

BEX WAS NOT ALWAYS BEST!

Bex and similar over- the-counter  drugs were at the height of their popularity  in  Australia during the 1950s and 60s.  Claimed as a cure for all manner of complaints, they became  a ‘pick-me-up’  for bored, frustrated housewives  before  the Women’s Liberation movement  and the contraceptive pill changed

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THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

As 1930 drew to a close,  coal miner Arthur Mellor made a disconcerting discovery at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. In the ground behind the great cliff known as Dogface Rock he came across a deep fissure measuring eight feet across.  When a surveyor was

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NELLIE BISHOP – THE RELUCTANT PIONEER

NELLIE BISHOP - THE RELUCTANT PIONEER

Queensland was the first Australian State to initiate  women  serving on juries. The relevant bill was passed in 1924, although those interested  had to formally indicate their desire to participate and  were not actively encouraged to do so. However, in 1942 an appeal went out in Brisbane

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Madame Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

Madame Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

Frances Amy Sherwin  (1855-1935) was one of five children, born and raised  in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Even as a child she had a lovely voice, and dreamed of becoming a famous singer. This seemed highly unlikely, as the family struggled to make a living on a remote

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ECHOES OF A MURDER TRIAL – THE HIGGS BOYS

ECHOES OF A MURDER TRIAL - THE HIGGS BOYS

Old Sins Cast Long Shadows…… Fourth and final part of the Blue Mountains murder story. In 1927 Sydney born William Higgs (26) and his brother Hubert (30) stood trial over the  murder of a wealthy grazier, Ronald Leslie, found in his abandoned car at Blaxland in the Blue

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BRUCE HIGGS – THE UNTOLD STORY

BRUCE HIGGS - THE UNTOLD STORY

This is the third episode in  the Higgs brothers saga. Each part has to stand alone, so apologies for repeating some information. If you want to read the original story click on the following link. Murder in the Blue Mountains. Bruce Doubleday Higgs was a Sydney underworld

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William Guy Higgs – Spoiled Larrikin or Callous Criminal?

William Guy Higgs -  Spoiled Larrikin or Callous Criminal?

On September 9 1922, twenty one year old  William Guy Higgs married Helena Potter in a society wedding at Hunters Hill. The couple honeymooned in the beautiful Blue mountains. The  groom was the fourth born of seven sons, and chose his older brother Hubert as best man.

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MURDER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

MURDER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

Forty eight year old Ronald Lachlan Leslie was a wealthy, retired  grazier living in the Sydney suburb of Manly.  He was a happily married family man with two young children. On Wednesday,  October 12 1927  he set out  to drive  to  the central western town of Forbes,

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