I am getting bored and frustrated that Channel 9 has delayed screening "Razor/Underbelly" tv series yet again.(was supposed to be tonight but put offI am getting bored and frustrated that Channel 9 has delayed screening "Razor/Underbelly" tv series yet again.(was supposed to be tonight but put off now till the final of Masterchef yet another week or so.) From the promo adverts they have made everyone look glamorous, barely resembling the real people involved.
This book documents some some of the notorious women of Sydney during the so called Razor wars. (Razor / Underbelly is based on the lives of the women in this book. see the tv promos here; http://fixplay.ninemsn.com.au/underbe...
From 1927-1930, Darlinghurst, Sydney was the scene of violent gang warfare.
Two of the toughest gangsters on the scene at the time were Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, whose battle to become the Queen of the Underworld fuelled the razor gang wars of Darlinghurst through their most violent years. The Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst went under a different name in the Depression years. In local slang, it was ‘Razorhurst’. The area was headquarters for many mobs, and none more forbidding than the Riley Street Gang. It's a bit weird reading about it and seeing it made into a tv series - there are even Razorland historical tours & bars there now. One branch of my family lived in Reservoir St just off Riley St, and that great grandfather had a pawn shop in Riley St from the 1900's onwards to the 1950's though by the height of the gang wars (depression era) they had moved and he leased out the shop.. I know he must have saw most of the action around town, but he was a straight down the line man, very religious. In any event it is odd hearing and reading in depth about the area and era, more than our family ever talked about anyway - it makes you wonder you know..... I'm only disappointed the family doesn't own the property there now. A terrace house a few doors along from their Reservoir St Terrace was sold recently for $1.9 million.
In 1916, in the Sydney suburb of Liverpool, 5,000 troops of the Australian Light Brigade went for a riotous pub crawl that only ended three days and 50km later in East Sydney.The citizens of the time were so appalled by what had taken place that the government was forced to take action. It introduced six o’clock closing, which had an enormous impact on Sydneysiders for decades afterwards. This created an opportunity for two women with a criminal sense of enterprise. And the story of their feud is notorious in the history of this town.
A place where razor gangs ruled with glistening blades and one of the great girl fights of Australian history played itself out in violent blows. The feud of crime queens Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine was a marriage of hatred. Till death do us part was one of its vows. They were rivals in the world of crime. Kate was always very jealous of being known as the queen of the underworld. Tilly was always the queen of the bordellos. But they were always rivals to see who had attained the greatest notoriety. Kate and Tilly really became rivals when the Razor Gang wars broke out. There had always been gangs on the streets. But in 1927, we had the pistol licensing laws came in, which called for very heavy jail terms for anyone caught with a concealed weapon. So the crooks, instead of carrying pistols, armed themselves with razors. The other benefit of a razor was that it was a terrifying instrument in that people usually gave up their money if they were confronted by a glistening blade, gleaning off the lamplight amid a Kings Cross lane…...more
Been a long time since I've read this one, about to read it again. Time gets away from me so still on the re-read list. When that will be I don't knowBeen a long time since I've read this one, about to read it again. Time gets away from me so still on the re-read list. When that will be I don't know. ...more
I'm slow ploughing though this,(along with a few other early Australian histories). This is a collection of extracts from several diaries of people whI'm slow ploughing though this,(along with a few other early Australian histories). This is a collection of extracts from several diaries of people who were part of the early colony. Finding that current historians ideas about the time are glossing over the hardships both the convicts and government officers suffered. The sea voyages were brutal but more recent historians say they were not. Seems brutal when almost half the early convicts died or were extremely ill on arrival - that has to be a brutal trip and not well provisioned for in terms of food and even clothing.. ...more
Margaret Wertheim wrote a piece for "Dick for a Day: What Would You Do If You Had One?" by Fiona Giles. In that she also mourns the fact that physicsMargaret Wertheim wrote a piece for "Dick for a Day: What Would You Do If You Had One?" by Fiona Giles. In that she also mourns the fact that physics is one of the last bastions of male power. ...more
This remarkable work was the first to examine the White Australia policy, and was the first book published by Melbourne University Press, in 1923. ItThis remarkable work was the first to examine the White Australia policy, and was the first book published by Melbourne University Press, in 1923. It has long been the authoritative reference on the subject, and is essential for every library. Though more than forty years have passed since publication, the book remains invaluable. It surveys restrictions on immigration by the States...more