In the third book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams unearth Sydney’s interesting tales. Join them for a walk through some of Sydney’s oldest cemeteries to get an insight into the incredible lives of relatively unknown Australians. Using gravestones as their starting points they have meticulously researched a curated selection of headstones to uncover the secrets of the past.
Some highlights include –
- The story of Henry O’Farrell, our first would-be assassin – who in 1868 had tried to kill Queen Victoria’s son. He failed, but was nonetheless executed with indecent haste, despite the fact he had long been suffering from a mental breakdown.
- The story of the tragic deaths of all but one of the 122 passengers of the Dunbar, which crashed and sank as it pulled into Sydney Heads, right at the end of its long journey from London. The sole survivor, James Johnson was found two days later, clinging to the rock ledges of The Gap amidst the debris of body parts in the sea below.
- The unremarkable grave of Patrick Brady does little to reflect his life as an expert forger, or his close links to the Coogee Shark Arm Murders of 1935 which gripped the country and remain unsolved today.
Also featuring detailed reflections on more well-known Australians such as Juanita Nielsen, Dorothea Mackellar and Arthur Stace, the book paints an incredible picture of Sydney’s past.