Richmond, Melbourne was taken over by factories in the early 20 th century. These factories impacted the lifestyle of those in Richmond of the time. These factories polluted the environment of Melbourne and opened low paying jobs for those in the area. Factory workers were essentially getting payed slave wages. So their payment influences their desperate need for money which inturn also influences crime. Did life style influence crime in Richmond?
Who committed crime in Richmond? and what Crimes were committed? Squizzy Taylor: Fitzroy Vendetta Murder Pickpocketing Robbery Murder Henry Stokes: Shooting Geo Read: Abandonment of his two children Sarah Thompson: Drunk and Disorderly Edith Brass: Assault
Richmond was mainly inhibited by poor people or people of less wealth. Richmond was considered to be a slum. Richmond contained a lot of factories such as Pelaco Shirt and the Rosella Jam Factory. People in need of work would go to live in Richmond to work in these Factories. What was the lifestyle like in Richmond? And who lived there? Melbourne 1920’s
Crime changed the reputation of the suburb as it usually does, creating a very negative stigma about Richmond. People were scared to go to Richmond from fear of mugging or other offences. Richmond is like “walking through a continuous cloud of smoke”. How was Richmond perceived by the other residents of Melbourne?
Death Penalty: Death penalties had been a part of the legal system of Australia since British settlement. During the 1900’s, crimes that committed such as burglary, sheep stealing, forgery, sexual assaults, murder and man slaughter could all result in corporal punishment. In the 19 th century about 80 people had been hanged each year in Australia. Before and after the federation of Australia, each state made up its own mind towards corporal punishment. What sort of punishments did the crimes committed in Richmond receive? Squizzy Taylor
Bibliography: Websites:URL: Victoria Police - Richmond Depot information Melbourne Crime Statistics statistics-check-your-suburbs-crime-rate/ Squizzy Taylor Walkhttp://melbournewalks.com.au/squizzy-taylor-tour/ Women in Crime mug-shots-1920s-Australia.html Historical Newspaper reports on crime NSW Consolidated Acts 9a.html Corporal Punishmenthttp://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/01821/Oceania.html Squizzy Taylorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squizzy_Taylor Richmond, Melbourne VIChttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond,_Victoria History of Richmond
Did you know that Squizzy Taylor the infamous criminal went into hiding for over a year. Did you know that Squizzy Taylor had four alias’ Squizzy Taylor, Leslie Grout, Michael McGee and David Donoghue. The last person hanged in Australia was Ronald Ryan for killing a police officer. Fun Facts
Fitzroy Vandetta: (1919) Squizzy Taylor the well known criminal of Melbourne was heavily involved in the Fitzroy Vendetta. It was a gang war between those in Fitzroy and Richmond. Squizzy Taylor being the leader of the Richmond gang. The feud origins from a very carefully planned robbery of one thousand four hundred and thirty five pounds worth of diamond rings. Gang Wars
Grog Dealings: Illegal dealings of alcohol took place on the streets of Richmond selling alcohol to underage kids and after hours for extravagant prices. Illegal Bets: Un registered betting on sports and horses. Grog Dealings/Illegal Bets
Prostitution: The practice or occupation of engaging in sex with someone for payment. Pickpocketing: The art of stealing from someone's pocket or bag. Prostitution/Pickpocketing
Robbery: The act of stealing from a person or place with force. Murder: The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. Robbery/Murder