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Last woman hanged

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Last woman hanged

Two husbands, four trials and one bloody execution, Caroline Overington delves into the archives to reveal the true story of Louisa Collins, a 41 year old mother of ten children from the Upper Hunter, who became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

How did a young woman who was born in Belltrees and grew up in Merriwa become the most reviled woman of her time? Meticulously researched and historically accurate, Last woman hanged won the Davitt Award for True Crime Writing in 2015.

Author Caroline Overington has twice won Australia's most prestigious award for journalism, the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. She has also won the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for journalism.

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