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Bridget Hurford

Bridget Hurford (formerly Larkin) was the first woman hanged in Western Australia (in October 1855), having been found guilty of being an accessory in the murder of her husband, John Hurford.

(Margaret Cody was hanged in Perth 15 July 1871 for the murder of James Holditch at North Fremantle. Martha Rendell was hanged at Fremantle 6 October 1909 for the murder of one of her stepchildren. She was also thought to have killed another two. She was buried in the same grave as Eric Edgar Cooke.)

References and Links

Encel, Vivien 1997, 'The vicious wife', from Vivien Encel & Alan Sharpe, 25 True Australian Crimes, Kingsclear Books: 22-27; this chapter in Augusta Historical Society & Museum?

Purdue, Brian 1993, Legal Executions in Western Australia, Foundation Press, Victoria Park.

The Inquirer and Commercial News, Wednesday 10 October 1855: 2.

Wikipedia page for Bridget Hurford.

Wikipedia page: List of people legally executed in Western Australia.


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