The Murder of Harry Foy – Sydney’s pioneer drag artist
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The Murder of Harry Foy – Sydney’s pioneer drag artist

By ELLIOT LINDSAY Harry Foy’s portrait, auctioned after his death More than one thousand elegantly dressed individuals clamoured around the arched stone entrance to the Paddington Town Hall. All were attempting to attend what some declared to be the most exciting soiree of the year. Already the venue had reached its maximum capacity with more…

Murder on the goldfields? When the gold rush and wild west came to Newtown.
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Murder on the goldfields? When the gold rush and wild west came to Newtown.

By Elliot Lindsay There is gold in Newtown!  Thursday, 4 November 1852, a local landholder, Mr D. Cooper, claimed to have found gold while panning in Johnstons Creek (today, the creek is buried under Bedford Street). Cooper took several nuggets into town for all to see, triggering a gold rush. By Saturday, the hotels were…

The Narrabeen Kidnapping – Australia’s first kidnapping for ransom.
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The Narrabeen Kidnapping – Australia’s first kidnapping for ransom.

By ELLIOT LINDSAY Ronald Powles lived with his wife and son in their home on Pacific Parade, DeeWhy. He was a projectionist at the Narrabeen Roxy Theatre at 15 Waterloo Street. His wife was pregnant with their second child and was due to give birth any day. Ronald ran the night sessions at the theatre…

Sex, Booze and Murder: When Wartime ‘yanks’ came to Surry Hills
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Sex, Booze and Murder: When Wartime ‘yanks’ came to Surry Hills

By ELLIOT LINDSAY African-American Soldiers in Sydney during WWII During the Second World War, Sydney became the destination for tens of thousands of US servicemen on rest leave. These ‘yanks’, as Sydneysiders typically called them, came to Sydney with pockets of cash and looking for a good time. Dancing, sex, drugs and booze were all…

The Lane Cove Mystery and the tragic case of Eugene Falleni
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The Lane Cove Mystery and the tragic case of Eugene Falleni

By Elliot Lindsay The Stringybark Creek Reserve is popular with Lane Cove residents who seek a gentle walk amongst the shady gums and moss-covered sandstone caves. Yet how many would know that this reserve was the centre of a gruesome mystery that shocked the nation and then became one of the most sensational murder trials…