Murder at St Hilda’s, Stella Catherine Reynolds

St Hilda’s Katoomba in the 1940s photo: Blue Mountains City Library St Hilda’s Church of England in Katoomba, was designed by prominent 20th century architect John Burcham Clamp, a partner of Walter Burley Griffin, and built by a Mr. Johnson of Leura. It replaces the first Anglican church built in 1885. This was known as the School Church of St Hilda and was built through the activity of the Rev. Simons, the incumbent at Blackheath. The first clergyman was the Rev. Power. The present building was dedicated by J C Wright, Archbishop of Sydney, on 16th September 1914. At about 4.00 … Continue reading Murder at St Hilda’s, Stella Catherine Reynolds

Murder in the Megalong Valley, Patrick McAveney

Patrick McAveney’s grave in Hartley Cemetery, centrephoto: John Merriman Inscription reads :Patrick McAveneyDied 28th February 1861Age 69 Years Patrick was murdered by his wife Ann, as described below. The deposition was indeed taken by Edmund Barton, the man who would become our first Prime Minister, who at this time, as a lowly circuit judge, was just starting out in his legal career. THE McAVENEYS OF MEGALONG  Patrick and Ann McAveney migrated to Australia on the ‘Forth’ in 1841. Sailing from Plymouth on 23rd May and arriving in Sydney on 28th August, having touched no ports on the journey. The ‘Forth’, … Continue reading Murder in the Megalong Valley, Patrick McAveney