The Trouble with Harry

As part of the 2017 Mardi Gras festival, there’s an interesting play showing at the Seymour Centre called The Trouble with Harry. The play revolves around the fascinating figure of Harry Crawford, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1920. Harry was born a woman...

Kate Leigh: the Sly-Grog Queen

The Dictionary of Sydney has some fascinating new articles including one on the famous ‘Sly-Grog Queen’ Kate Leigh, written by Catie Gilchrist. I spoke to Jamie Travers about Kate Leigh’s story on 2SER Breakfast and how she became labelled ‘the worst woman in Sydney’....

Constance Kent: The ‘murderess’

In 1929, an 85-year-old Sydney nurse and public servant named Ruth Emilie Kaye wrote a 3,000-word letter called the Sydney Document. In it, she confessed to murdering her three- year-old brother when she was just 16 years old. Her real name was Constance Kent, and I...

Iris Webber: ‘the most violent woman in Sydney’

The Dictionary of Sydney has some new content! When you think of Sydney’s dangerous crime queens of the 1920s-30s, the names Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh might come to mind. But there was another woman who earned a reputation as ‘the most violent woman in Sydney’. Her...