I enjoy uncovering new stories of ordinary people through their link to extraordinary events. Reading old newspapers, I can get hooked by something odd – something that doesn’t seem quite right. From there my research takes unknown paths. But it can lead to fascinating stories. Colonial Australia and narrative non-fiction are my thing. I live in Canberra, Australia.
A True Story of Murder, Madness & the News in Colonial Melbourne. It's 1850s Australia. A double murder. A locked room. The murderer dying from a gunshot. But the reporter says the scene is near impossible. Herald reporter Edmund Finn said it was "one the most atrocious deeds which darken the pages of colonial history". Reinvestigate the case to find a far more complex story with modern resonance.
From 1863 to 1874, Josephine was the publican of the Gasworks Hotel in Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Four men died there in that time – two of them were husbands. This is an untold story that plugs gaps in several family histories. Includes companion website and readers’ guide for book groups.