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Five hectares (14 acres) of
traditional Japanese strolling
(Kaiyushiki) garden. Special
features include a traditional Edo
Cottage, an authentic open air Tea
House, Bonsai House, two lakes
and Cultural Centre.
COWRA JAPANESE GARDEN
OPEN: 8.30am to 5pm - 7 days
Binni Creek Rd, Cowra NSW 2794
PHONE: 02 6341 2233
Femme Fatal: The female
Where: National Archives of
When: June 14 to September 12
Phone: 6212 3600
Eugina Falleni never spoke of what drove
her to murder her first wife. And after
arriving in Sydney in 1899, she adopted
her male persona, Harry Crawford. After
years of passing herself off as a man, Harry
allegedly murdered his first wife after she
discovered 'something amazing about Harry'
-- something amazing indeed.
It was in 1917 that the charred remains
of a woman were discovered in Chatswood
bushland, which were eventually assumed to
be those of Harry Crawford's missing wife.
If it wasn't for this discovery, Harry may
have lived a long life with his new, second
wife with little interruption. After being
located, he denied committing the murder
but let the cat out of the bag when informed
he was to be searched before being sent to
Media at the time caught wind and so
began the frenzy surrounding a woman who
had disguised herself so well for so long.
Although Falleni pleaded not guilty to the
murder, her deviant sexuality was sufficient
proof of her immoral nature, being convicted
of murders and sex fraud at Darlington
Courthouse, originally sentenced to death.
After 11 years, Falleni was released from
prison in 1931 on the condition she dressed
and lived as a woman. In a final ironic twist,
with particular resonance to the Mardi Gras,
Falleni was killed in a pedestrian accident on
Oxford Street, Paddington.
Throughout history the femme fatale
has been seen as sexy, seductive and
dangerous. Australia's infamous female
criminals are about to be uncovered in a
new exhibition opening at the National
Archives of Australia. The gritty exhibition
looks at female criminals as they are
portrayed, contrasting them with the
true stories of some of Australia's most
infamous female criminals, including the
fascinating Eugina Falleni.
The exhibition's curator, Nerida Campbell
said the images and stories offer a rare
insight into female criminality.
"Women who commit crimes have always
intrigued society," she said.
"The reality for most female criminals
turns out to be a hard, dysfunctional and
Many of the women featured in the
exhibition Femme Fatale: The female
criminal, were career criminals who used
intimidation, bribery and violence to
maintain their influence.
Indulge in your criminal fascination, but
beware, it is not for the faint-hearted.
"Woman is rarely wicked,
but when she is, she is worse
than a man."
MURDERER: Eugina Falleni is one of the many female
criminals in the exhibition.
By Louise Irwin
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