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Henry Louis Bertrand, ca. 1865 photographed by the Milligan Brothers. Collection of the State Library of NSW

The salacious and sordid details of Henry Kinder’s death transfixed Sydneysiders with a case combining murder with seduction, mesmerism, blackmail and poisoning.

Prison photograph of Ned Kelly c.1873, image courtesy National Museum of Australia.

The Felons Apprehension Act was something a colonial government could keep up its sleeve in the event of an especially formidable criminal adversary. The Victorian parliament accordingly passed the legislation in late October 1878, within days of the killing of three police officers by Ned Kelly and his gang at Stringybark Creek. 

Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, c.1879 attributed to Charles Nettleton

Just after 10.00 o'clock on 3 December 1879, four prisoners were brought from their cells at Darlinghurst Gaol and placed in the dock of a courtroom heaving with agitated spectators. According to the Sydney Morning Herald’s report of the proceedings, Thomas Rogan, Thomas Williams, Graham Bennett and Andrew George Scott - the latter known as 'Captain Moonlite' - were 'slightly unnerved at being brought into the midst of a crowd of people' but nevertheless looked pleasingly respectable in their laundered shirts and collars...

Louise, daughter of the Hon. L. L. Smith by Tom Roberts, 1888

This week it is impossible not to contemplate the ways in which France has touched many Australian lives, and Paris in particular continues to charm and inspire us - as it has for more than two centuries: one of only a handful of principal seats of western civilisation: art, music, letters.

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