A White Handkerchief

The story of Elizabeth Scott, the first woman hanged in Victoria

The eleventh day of the eleventh month is of special significance in Australian popular culture. It is the anniversary of Ned Kelly's hanging, the end of World War One and the dismissal of the Whitlam government. It is also the day, twenty-three-year-old Elizabeth Scott, was ‘launched into eternity’ from the scaffold at Old Melbourne Gaol. Three weeks earlier, at the Beechworth Courthouse in October 1863, Elizabeth, along with her two co-accused, Julian Cross and David Gedge, were found guilty of murdering Elizabeth’s middle-aged husband, Robert Scott.


I was reminded recently when talking with a friend that I researched and wrote A White Handkerchief in an effort to correct the public record in relation to this trio's tragic story and in particular, Elizabeth Scott. So with that in mind I have now made A White Handkerchief publically available at no cost to the reader.


Hard copies of A White Handkerchief can be purchased from Anne Hanson,  annehanson1@bigpond.com
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