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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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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A ROPE AROUND HIS NECK

A ROPE AROUND HIS NECK

Susan Glaspell wrote  A Jury of Her Peers in 1917. It is  one  of the most powerful short stories I have ever read. The  three female characters have  remained in my heart and mind  since I first came across this early  piece of feminist literature  over twenty

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ESKBANK HOUSE – THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

ESKBANK HOUSE - THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

I visited Eskbank House Museum in Lithgow recently. The oldest part of the colonial Georgian  house  was built circa 1842, from local sandstone. The original owner was Mr Thomas Brown, who established the Eskbank Colliery.   There is a lot of early Lithgow history on display, but 

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AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK – WHAT MOTIVATED A MURDERER?

AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK - WHAT MOTIVATED  A MURDERER?

It is likely that the person who shot two people at Wallerawang, New South Wales in 1948 is still alive. I have referred to him  here as Bennie Harvey. It’s not his real name, but  one his friends used at the time of the murders. The shotgun

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JUST A FEW BARS – THE GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

JUST A FEW BARS - THE  GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

In September  1948, within the space of a few days, two seventeen year old youths committed murder in New South Wales.  Stranger still, they had been good friends before their otherwise unrelated crimes. They had played ice hockey together, and were both snappy dressers who enjoyed  the

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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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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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