On 27 September 1908 a 37 year old woman was discovered dead in her bed at a remote north Queensland property, with her throat cut. The crime and its aftermath created a sensation in Australia and mystery and rumour surrounded it for years afterwards. In “The Murder of Nellie Duffy” Stephanie Bennett reveals the events and characters caught up in the story and exposes what she believes was a high level cover-up.
|Buggies crossing Einasleigh River at Carpentaria Downs in 1917, a scene which would have changed little in the intervening 9 years. James Atkinson Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 5653|
The Townsville Court House (photographed in 1906) where Fanny Wilson and Billy were sent for trial in 1908.
J. Mathews Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 21849
Story by Miniata