Convicted of using an instrument to procure a miscarriage, Janet Wright was a former nurse who performed illegal abortions from her house in Kippax Street, Surry Hills. One of her teenage patients almost died after a procedure and Wright was prosecuted and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Aged 68.
In 1920, Charles Stephens was the first (recorded) person to die going over Niagara Falls. His arms were strapped to his oak barrel, his feet tied to an anvil; when the barrel hit the water the anvil – and Stephens – went through its bottom. All that was recovered from the barrel was his right arm tattooed with “Forget Me Not Annie”.
PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.