Author Archives: Philip Mace

Barney Dalton

Barney Dalton RIP

Bernard Hugh Dalton (1891 – 9 November 1929) was an Australian pioneer rugby league player In the Australian competition – the New South Wales Rugby League. He was born in 1891 in Sydney. Rugby league career A winger, Barney Dalton played for the Eastern Suburbs club side in the … Read More

Dulcie Markham

The Angel of Death

Early life Dulcie May Markham was born in the inner city Sydney suburb of Surry Hills on 27 February 1914 to John Markham and Florence Millicent née Parker. She became one of Australia’s most notorious prostitutes and underworld figures. She became a … Read More

Norman Bruhn

Norman Bruhn The Upstart

(2 June 1894 – 23 June 1927) was a notorious and violent Australian dockworker, armed robber and standover man with links to the criminal underworld in both Melbourne and Sydney. In September 1926 Bruhn relocated with his family from Melbourne to Sydney, where he attained a brief ascendancy by … Read More

Frank Green

Frank Green Obituary

Obituary (1905–1956) Francis (Frank) Green, about 55, was stabbed to death shortly before midnight last night in his home in Cooper Street, Paddington. Police found him sitting slumped over a table with a knife driven into his chest near the … Read More

Jim Devine

Tilly Devine’s husband Big Jim

Tilly Devine’s husband was named James Edward “Jim” Devine, who was a prominent figure in the Sydney underworld during the early 20th century. Jim Devine was involved in organized crime, particularly in the illegal sale of alcohol during the Prohibition … Read More

Tilly Divine

Tilly Devine

Tilly Devine, also known as Matilda Mary Twiss, was a notorious Australian underworld figure in the early 20th century. Born in England in 1900, she emigrated to Australia with her family as a child. Devine became involved in prostitution at … Read More

Kate and Tilly

THE FALL OF THE RAZOR GALS

Both Kate and Tilly live high.. Parties, charities, jewels, and furs not to mention fines and bribes and the rising costs of henchmen cut into their wealth. The newspapers estimate Tilly has the most dough and both make ten times … Read More

THE QUEENS OF CRIME MARRY

Things start to fall apart for Tilly. Her cheating drunk of a husband is known as a wife basher and starts living with his lovers. He pays Tilly a visit when he wants money and beats her if she refuses. … Read More

William Mackay 1930

POLICE TAKE CHARGE

When hardnose copper William Mackay becomes police commissioner in 1936 he marches Tilly and Kate into his office with all his senior policemen. Giving an ultimatum that unless they quit their feuding and get on with more low key business … Read More

Phil Jeff’s

NEW CRIME WAR LOOMS!

Phil Jeff’s has being lying low at Ettalong after being shot. He returns and starts using his wealth to buy himself a respectable life. He aims at high end customers. So he snaps up the Fifty-Fifty Club in William Street … Read More