Ellen Thomson — Beyond A Reasonable Doubt?

Ellen Thomson’s claim to fame as the only woman ever to be executed in Queensland dates back over 125 years.

Convicted of murder in 1887, the case still inspires considerable passion among those familiar with the facts, including her descendants, some of whom feel there was a miscarriage of justice.

Ellen’s agonising trial with a judge whose mind was made up and her surprise hanging forms a riveting true crime story.

Vashti Farrer examines the background the case, the men in Ellen Thomson’s life (including the husband she was blamed for killing) and how far north Queensland society of the time affected her trial.





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