Eugenia Falleni - convicted murderer
Not much is known about Falleni's early life. She came to Australia from Italy, via New Zealand by 1898. She soon had a daughter Josephine, who may have been the girl born to an unmarried Lena Falleni in Woollahra in 1898. Falleni does not appear to have looked after the child. Instead she became Harry Leo Crawford (sometimes known as Jack Crawford) and worked in a series of low skilled jobs, such as a hotel useful, around Sydney.
In February 1913 Harry married the widow Annie Birkett and they opened a confectionery shop in Balmain. Annie disappeared after going on a picnic with Harry on 28 September 1917.
Below is a selection of records that follow Falleni from 1917 to her death in 1938.
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State archives consulted
The table below is a list of records that have been consulted in the creation of this webpage. Copies of some of the records can be found in the images above but many of the references can be used for future research.
|NRS 10958||[1/3252]||p.496||Reel 3599||Police Gazette NSW 1917||Body of unknown woman found, later idenitified as Annie Birkett|
|NRS 10958||[1/3255]||p.371||Reel 3600||Police Gazette NSW 1920||Missing notice for Annie Birkett|
|NRS 10958||[1/3255]||p.474||Reel 3600||Police Gazette NSW 1920||Arrest of Falleni|
|NRS 10958||[1/3255]||p.619||Reel 3600||Police Gazette NSW 1920||Mentioned in Return of prisoners tried|
|NRS 343||[X2091]||#1237||Reel 2765||Register of Coroners' inquests||Annie Birkett listed under Woman, name unknown|
|NRS 1789||[3/2209]||#202, p. 336||Not copied||Sydney City Coroner, Post mortem registers||Annie Birkett's autopsy carried out on 3/10/1917|
|NRS 885||[2/4805]||#385||Not copied||Index to depositions of Central Criminal Court and Circuit Court cases||-|
|NRS 880||[9/7250]||-||Not copied||Papers and depositions, Supreme Court Sydney and on Circuit||Only partial deposition has survived, including evidence given by Birkett's son|
|NRS 5808||[7/9318]||pp.61-83||Not copied||Judiciary, W.P. Cullen, C.J., Notebooks, Criminal||Covers trial in October 1920|
|NRS 2713||[6/1077]||-||Not copied||Court Reporting Office, Transcripts of evidence of the various Courts||See index at front of volume|
|NRS 2491||[5/2263]||#827, 1012||Not copied||State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, Entrance books||Entries for August and October 1920|
|NRS 2493||[11/3128]||-||Not copied||State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, Description cards||Alphabetical order|
|NRS 2496||[3/6006]||Photo #499||Not copied||State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, Photo description books||First photo|
|NRS 2496||[3/6007]||Photo #741||Not copied||State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, Photo description books||Second photo|
|NRS 2457||[5/2023]||-||Not copied||State Penitentiary, Long Bay, Register of letters received||Entry 24 May 1922 (letter has not survived)|
|NRS 2052||[5/2249]||-||Not copied||Record of cases treated in Gaol hospital, 1909-26||Various entries|
|NRS 1847||[2/2134]||Folio 55||Not copied||Corrective Services, Cuttings book - press and other printed matter||Falleni mentioned in cutting|
|NRS 2698||[3/4819]||Various references throughout volume||Not copied||Court of Criminal Appeal, Letter books||Very hard to read in places|
|NRS 2699||[4/7950]||#32 of 1920, p.107||Not copied||Court of Criminal Appeal, Registers of criminal appeals||-|
|NRS 2498||[5/2223]||#32||Not copied||State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay Discharge books||Discharged on 18 February 1931|
|NRS 343||[3/960]||#1122||Reel 2768||Register of Coroners' inquests||Listed as Falleni/Jean Ford, no papers survived|
|NRS 13340||[20/2403]||#126394||Not copied||Stamp Duties Office, Deceased estate files||Listed as Falleni/Ford|
|NRS 13660||-||#233624||Not copied||Probate packets||Listed as Falleni/Ford|
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