Discover the harrowing tale 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, had been found guilty of murdering Elizabeth’s middle-aged husband, Robert Scott.
Local historian and writer, Anne Hanson, after a chance visit to the historic Beechworth Courthouse where she first learnt of Elizabeth Scott, set about examining what role Elizabeth played in the bloody and untimely death of her husband. Written in a thoughtful and factual manner, A White Handkerchief, uncovers the background to the shooting of Robert Scott, the ensuing investigation and its aftermath.
A White Handkerchief has received many favourable comments —
... Congratulations on a thoroughly readable story.
... I felt as though I was looking into the window of time and actually witnessing the events for myself.
... Elizabeth Scott has received justice, and you have done a wonderful job.
... Congratulations on a really fine and painstaking piece of work which is of considerable importance to Australian history .... clearly and engagingly written.
A White Handkerchief on cd-rom, is self contained, requires no installation and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat.
The publication contains a location map, partial descendants reports, photographs, footnotes, a bibliography and a full index.
Hard copies are available on request, A$28 including postage.
You can purchase A White Handkerchief A$25 (including postage – within Australia) by e-mailing Anne at mailto:email@example.com
Further links you might want to investigate:
Anne Hanson, family and social historian, writer and editor
Fifteen Nurses who trained at the Ovens District Hospital, Beechworth