TALKABOUT: Constance Kent & the Road Murder

TALKABOUT A Greater Guilt—Constance Emilie Kent & the Road Murder Tuesday 1 March, 12:30-1:30pm This is the story of a woman making a new life for herself after a notorious past, elements of which inspired novels such as Lady Audley’s Secret and Wilkie Colln’s The Moonstone. Ruth Kaye was a Sydney nurse with a hidden past. Trained as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, she worked at the Coast Hospital at Little Bay, was matron of the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls and matron of a nurses’ home in Maitland – and not once did anyone in Australia suspect her true identity, that of notorious murderess Constance Kent. In 1860, a three year-old child in the English village of Road was brutally murdered, and the crime remained unsolved until the sensational confession of his sister Constance Kent in 1865. Noeline Kyle re-investigates the events surrounding the murder of Constance’s 3 year old half-brother in Wiltshire, her confession and controversial trial. Linking that brutal past to the later years in Australia, Noeline will talk about her journey as she researched and wrote a full and complete biography of Constance Emilie Kent, from her birth in 1844 to her death in 1944. Noeline Kyle has published widely on women’s history, Australian history, family history and biography/memoir. She published A Greater Guilt: Constance Emilie Kent & the Road Murder (Boolarong Press, Salisbury, Brisbane) in 2009. Her latest book How to Write & Publish Family Stories in 10 Easy Steps will be published by UNSW Press in 2011. Noeline is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Free Event—all Welcome No booking required “

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