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The demise of Bicycle George : a life of crime

Barry, Kirstie 2010, The demise of Bicycle George : a life of crime, Provenance: The Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria, vol. 9, pp. 109-117.

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Title The demise of Bicycle George : a life of crime
Author(s) Barry, Kirstie
Journal name Provenance: The Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria
Volume number 9
Start page 109
End page 117
Total pages 9
Publisher Public Records Office of Victoria
Place of publication North Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1832-2522
Keyword(s) murder
gaol
crime
Australian
Melbourne
Rottnest
George Blunderfield
Summary This short piece looks at the life of a murderer, George Blunderfield (alias Arthur Oldring), who was hanged in Melbourne in 1918. Melburnians, or visitors to the city, may have seen his image on the wall at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Blunderfield's life started out normally
enough, and then descended into horrific crime. His story includes bicycle racing, escape from an island prison, and then recruitment for service with the Australian Imperial Forces in wartime Victoria. In the last years of his life, Blunderfield wreaked havoc from the western to the eastern coasts of Australia. This in turn had a dramatic effect on his immediate family, which is also detailed here. This story draws on the archives at PROV as well as on State Records Office of Western Australia material, with help from Ms Jean
Bellamy, a distant relative of George Blunderfield.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065033

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of History, Heritage and Society
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