Timeline of major crimes in Australia

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This is a timeline of major crimes in Australia.

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Port Arthur Prison Colony, site of the Port Arthur massacre Port arthur outside.jpg
Port Arthur Prison Colony, site of the Port Arthur massacre

21st century




See also


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  10. A terrible tragedy – A sheep farmer murders his wife and five children, The West Australian (14 October 1896)
    The Brisbane Courier – Thursday, 13 October 1896, The Brisbane Courier (13 October 1896)
    A dreadful tragedy – Murder of a wife and five children, The Brisbane Courier (15 October 1896)
  11. A Terrible Tragedy – A mother murders six children, The West Australian (3 March 1898)
    The Tasmanian Tragedy – Later Particulars, The West Australian (4 March 1898)
    The Tasmanian Tragedy – Results of Inquests, The West Australian (5 March 1898)
    The Tasmanian Tragedy – Three Bodies Exhumed, The West Australian (15 March 1898)
    The Triabunna Tragedy- A Municipal Inquiry, The West Australian (6 April 1898)
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  17. Family perish in fire – Murder arson, and suicide, The Canberra Times (27 February 1929)
    Father's crime, The Brisbane Courier (20 March 1929)
  18. Family tragedy, The Sydney Morning Herald (22 August 1931)
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  20. Whiticker. pp 42 – 55
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  23. Demented father shoots 6 children, The Canberra Times (3 July 1948)
    Killer of 6 convicted, The Sydney Morning Herald (1 September 1948)
  24. Mother and five children are slain, Toledo Blade (13 October 1950)
    Woman, five children murdered in W.A.: Man questioned, The Canberra Times (14 October 1950)
    Man charged with murder of family, The Canberra Times (16 October 1950)
    Death sentence for murderer of son, The Advertiser (20 December 1950)
    Armanasco appeal – "Conjecture" about mental condition, The West Australian (2 March 1951)
    Armanasco refused leave to appeal, The West Australian (22 March 1951)
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  28. Gas kills family of seven, The Sydney Morning Herald (8 May 1964)
    – Most fascinating crimes, The Sydney Morning Herald (13 February 1965)
    Gas kills seven, note found, The Age (7 May 1964)
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  30. "Elmer Crawford electrocuted family, bashed daughter".
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  35. (13 March 1976) Life sentence for Weckert murder, The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  36. (24 February 1977) Murder: two men jailed for life, The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
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  44. "Thrown out of house three days before family was killed Daoud got gun licence from Campsie police". The Sydney Morning Herald . 7 October 1981.
  45. "Lawyer guilty of murder". Canberra Times. 12 March 1983.
  46. "21 years' jail for 'body in barrel' murderer". ABC News. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
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  49. "Man killed his family to spare them 'disgrace'". The Sydney Morning Herald . 26 June 1984.
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  51. "The deadly silence that doomed Samantha". The Sydney Morning Herald . 8 June 2002. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  52. "Man shot four girls after being jilted, court told". The Sydney Morning Herald . 15 March 1988.
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  56. "Court Told of Drum Purchase". reconditioning.com.au.
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  58. "Leigh Leigh's killer set free". The Age. Melbourne. 20 May 2005.
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  75. "Shocking places bodies are found". News.com.au — Australia's Leading News Site. 22 June 2017.
  76. "Community devastated by deadly hit-and-run". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 19 February 2006.
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  78. Welch, Dylan (19 August 2009). "Two likely to have killed the Lin family". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  79. Benny-Morrison, Ava (27 October 2015). "Girl in suitcase: mother Karlie Pearce-Stevenson's identity used to rake in $90,000". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  80. Sam Kelton (18 July 2015). "South Australian suitcase murder: Post-mortem confirms child dumped at Wynarka met violent end". The Advertiser. News Corp. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  81. "Girl in suitcase identified as Khandalyce Kiara Pearce; mother Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson found in Belanglo State Forest". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  82. "Note reveals why dad killed 3 kids". The Age. 8 May 2012.
  83. "Rajesh Osbourne warned friends he'd murder children Grace, Jarius and Asia".
  84. "Moama double murder accused remanded in custody until January". ABC News. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  85. "3 killed in shooting in Australia". The Jakarta Post. 29 April 2011. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  86. "Adelaide gunman arrested after siege". SBS World News. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  87. "Nurse Roger Dean admits arson murder of 11 Quakers Hill nursing home residents". ABC News. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  88. "Roger Dean jailed for life for deliberately lighting deadly fire at Quakers Hill nursing home". ABC News. August 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  89. "Brisbane's Queen St Mall gunman jailed for 4.5 years". ABC News. ABC-Australia. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016. A gunman who brought Brisbane city's Queen Street Mall to a standstill last March has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail. Lee Matthew Hillier sent the mall into lock-down, with terrified shoppers and CBD workers forced to evacuate or take cover in local businesses.
  90. Carlyon, Peta (1 May 2015). "Homeless man Scott Miller jailed over murder, rape in Melbourne Botanic Gardens". ABC (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  91. "Murder victim Renea Lau was kind, devoted". 9 News (Australia). 1 May 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  92. "'Egocentric delusion' drove Geoff Hunt to kill family then himself, coroner says". ABC News. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  93. "Sydney siege: Two hostages and gunman dead after heavily armed police storm Lindt cafe in Martin Place". ABC News. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  94. "Sean Price jailed for life for murder of Melbourne schoolgirl Masa Vukotic". ABC (Australia). 18 March 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2023. Convicted rapist Sean Price has been jailed for life over the murder of 17-year-old schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, who was stabbed to death during a random attack in a Melbourne park.
  95. "Masa Vukotic's killer sacks lawyer after revealing he wanted to kill someone rich". 9 News (Australia). 14 December 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2023. Sean Christian Price, 31, forced the 17-year-old into bushes at Doncaster Park on March 17, where he killed her in broad daylight, stabbing her 49 times with a large kitchen knife.
  96. 1 2 Bachelard, Michael (27 August 2015). "Sean Price was on bail when he killed teenager Masa Vukotic". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2023. Sean Price: a history of violence – July, 2003: Sean Price, 19, hands himself in at Doncaster police station over a series of sex attacks in Melbourne's eastern suburbs during a six-week period from May to June 27. He is eventually charged with 22 offences, including some that date back to 2002... ...March 19, 2015: Price goes on a rampage in the western suburbs, robbing a man in Sunshine, attempting a carjacking, and raping a woman at a bookshop, before handing himself in.
  97. "Killer Sean Price's violent past proves Victoria's justice system is failing, Victims of Crime Commissioner says". ABC (Australia). 28 August 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2023. He had at the age of 27, 200 prior criminal convictions. I don't know how you amass 200 prior criminal convictions while you're still in your 20s.
  98. "'Thrill killers' get life". PerthNow. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  99. "Brighton hostage drama: police investigate terror link to deadly siege". 6 June 2017.
  100. "Four children, three adults found shot dead in Margaret River murder-suicide". ABC Online . 11 May 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  101. Percy, Karen; Farnsworth, Sarah (29 October 2019). "Codey Herrmann jailed for 36 years for rape and murder of Aiia Maasarwe". ABC (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  102. "'It sounded like a man screaming': Doctor dies after being shot in Brisbane home". ABC News. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  103. Tran, Danny (9 October 2020). "Christopher Bell sentenced over murder of Natalina Angok in Melbourne's Chinatown". ABC (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  104. "Man to stand trial for murder of Natalina Angok, found dead in Melbourne's Chinatown". The Guardian. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  105. McDonald, Tamara (29 April 2019). "Family seeks to bring remains of Natalina Angok home to South Sudan". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 12 January 2023. "Help us to pay for a memorial for Natalina, and so we can fly her remains back to South Sudan for final tribute by her father and relatives who have not seen her in years," it says. "We still can't believe we won't see her again."
  106. Zagon, Chanel (9 October 2020). "Man jailed for strangling girlfriend Natalina Angok to death in Melbourne's Chinatown". 9 News (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023. Christopher Bell, 34, was today sentenced to 21 years behind bars over girlfriend Natalina Angok's murder, with a non-parole period of 15 years.
  107. Cucchiara, Sam (2021). "Father's unstoppable crusade for justice after his daughter was killed". 9 News (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023. On the night of May 24, 2019, the 25-year-old and her killer Henry Hammond, then aged 27, arrived at the Vegie Bar in Brunswick. Courtney appeared friendly and tender, while at one stage Hammond began bizarrely examining a knife. The pair were talkative as they shared dinner. Then, in a final act of kindness, aspiring social worker Courtney paid for the meal – which would ultimately be her last. Hours later, Hammond would bludgeon her to death at Royal Park in an attack that lasted almost an hour.
  108. Tran, Danny (17 March 2021). "Courtney Herron's killer, Henry Hammond, ordered to spend 25 years in psychiatric hospital". ABC (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023. Henry Hammond, who used a tree branch to beat a woman to death in a Melbourne park, has been ordered to spend 25 years in a secure psychiatric hospital. Victoria's Supreme Court on Wednesday committed Hammond to the Thomas Embling Hospital after he was found not guilty of murdering Courtney Herron because of mental impairment. Hammond was in the grips of a schizophrenic relapse when he killed Ms Herron, whose body was found underneath branches at Royal Park in May 2019.
  109. Cucchiara, Sam (2021). "Courtney Herron: Family describe court's decision not to jail Melbourne woman's killer a double blow". 9 News (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2023. Court records reveal Hammond was sentenced to 10 months' jail in December 2018 for his sickening attack on a former partner, which happened while he was out on bail for resisting police.
  110. "Why it matters that Courtney Herron was homeless - The Frant". SBS (Australia). 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2023. In the reporting around the incident, Courtney is described as having "no fixed address", meaning she was "homeless".
  111. Neda Vanovac (4 June 2019). "Darwin shooting: Up to five people killed in CBD, 45yo alleged gunman arrested by NT Police". ABC News . Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  112. "'Perpetrator of violence': Man who pledged to love wife killed her and three kids after they fled". News.com.au. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  113. "WA police shoot man dead after seven people stabbed in Pilbara rampage". The Guardian . 1 May 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
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  116. "Charlise Mutten's Gold Coast community mourns allegedly murdered schoolgirl". ABC News. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  117. Smee, Ben (13 December 2022). "Wieambilla shooting: property owner Gareth Train posted regularly on online conspiracy website before police killed". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  118. Read, Chloe; Wuth, Robyn; Cosoleto, Tara (13 December 2022). "Six dead, including two police officers, after shooting and siege at rural property". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
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