Scholarly Musings: Murder, Three Cases that Shocked Colonial Australia

Past Event

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our scheduled lecture Devil’s Island with Anne Rees has been cancelled


Murder: Three Cases that Shocked Colonial Australia

with Rachel Franks

Villains have dominated Australia’s print media since the launch of The Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser in 1803. The way we tell true crime tales has evolved but much of the subject matter remains unchanged: murder dominates. From brief articles to full-length books, true crime is, today, an important feature of the publishing landscape. Join Rachel Franks as she highlights three murder cases that shocked colonial Australia: the first officer of the law to die in the line of duty in Sydney; the case of the gentleman convict; and the man so terrible it was thought he was Jack the Ripper.

Dr Rachel Franks specialises in crime fiction, true crime, popular culture and information science. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in books, journals and magazines.

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