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Please join our member organisation, City of Sydney Historical Association & Dr Catie Gilchrist, Honorary Associate Dept of History Sydney University in a discussion about her new book: ‘Murder, manslaughter, suicide, mishap’ – the very public business of determining death in colonial Sydney.

About the discussion |

Murder in colonial Sydney was a surprisingly rare occurrence, so when it did happen it caused a great sensation.

People flocked to the scene of the crime, to the coroner’s court and to the criminal courts to catch a glimpse of the accused. Most of us today rarely see a dead body.

In nineteenth century Sydney, when health was precarious and workplaces and the busy city streets were often dangerous, witnessing a death was rather common. And any death that was sudden or suspicious would be investigated by the coroner.



Please note | Members will hold a brief AGM at 1:30pm.

Visitors please arrive at 1:50pm for the talk at 2pm.

A gold coin donation would be appreciated & welcomed.


Date & Time | Saturday 12 October 2019, 2:00pm

Venue | Lord Mayor’s Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW, 2000