Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld
Dulcie May Markham (27 February 1914 – 20 April 1976) was a key figure in the underworlds of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during the period between the early 1930s to the mid-1950s. She also visited Perth. During this period, she had close to 100 convictions with offences ranging from driving without a licence, drunkenness, prostitution and vagrancy. But unlike many of her associates, Dulcie ...more
Dulcie Markham might have been known as "deadly to know" according to newspaper accounts from the time, but all these years later, it's more striking how little is really known about a woman who was notorious at the time. Coming from the same era as Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, Markham was young when she left home, got involved in the Sydney underworld of the 1920's, and young (only 62) when she died. She lived a life blighted by violence, and loss, a prostitute by the age of 15, a gangster's "m...more
This book is a bit all over the place, it’s giving too much information into things that don’t really have much significance into the story. It also jumps all over in the timeline of events too.
I wouldn’t recommend this book unfortunately.
I heard about Angel of Death from a podcast Conversations which airs on ABC in Australia. The author was discussing the book and its subject. You can listen to the author Leigh Straw on Conversations. It's often the case that my interest in books is piqued by an interview with the author. This is apparently the third in a series of books on women in the Australian underworld during the 1920’s and !930’s. The other title s focu ...more