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Police Detectives and trackers in Blackfellow Creek, Gatton, c 1899 | by Queensland State Archives
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Police Detectives and trackers in Blackfellow Creek, Gatton, c 1899

The Gatton Murders, also known as "The Gatton Tragedy", "The Gatton Mystery" and "The Murphy Murders", is the name given to a still unsolved triple homicide that occurred 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the town of Gatton, Queensland, Australia. Michael Murphy aged 29 and his younger sisters Norah (Honora) 27 and Theresa 'Ellen' 18, were killed between 10pm and 4am on 26–27 December 1898 while returning home from a proposed dance that had been cancelled. Michael had been shot and bludgeoned, Norah strangled and bludgeoned, and Theresa 'Ellen' was bludgeoned twice.

 

www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/items/ITM118323

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Taken circa 1899