Tilly Devine: a formidable crime figure

Last week on 2SER, Nicole chatted about Kate Leigh the sly-grog queen, so it seemed only fair that this week I gave her nemesis Tilly Devine an airing. Tilly Devine, born Matilda Mary Twiss in London, arrived in Sydney as a war bride in 1920 and became a formidable...

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’....

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...