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CONALD PAGETT AND THE BEX POWDER CASE

CONALD PAGETT AND THE BEX POWDER  CASE

THE CONCLUSION OF THE VERA WATT  POISONING CASE. FOR THE FIRST PART, CLICK HERE. When the Coronial Inquest into the death by poisoning of Mrs Vera Watt ended in January 1942. her ex-lover Conald Pagett was committed for trial and remanded in Long Bay Gaol. However, on 

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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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APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

This is what the bower of a  satin bowerbird looks like (below right), with its collection of  predominantly blue  ‘treasures ‘, assembled to impress  the ladies.  I’m afraid the birds mostly  use  human trash these day, especially  bottle tops. Bowers were full of plastic straws in my

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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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THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

‘…in spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush.   D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo    

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ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

Remember  British artist and designer William Morris and his famous Strawberry Thief design? Those thrushes ended up in homes around the world. I’m sure Mr Morris forgave them for raiding his garden by the stripling Thames.   I don’t grow strawberries, but I do have lots of 

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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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