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The Help Wanted Murders in Australia
Episode 1830th May 2022 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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Season: 3 Episode: 18

On the afternoon of Tuesday March 12, 1872, a labourer was rowing home to Hunters Hill along the Parramatta River when he smelled something disgusting as he approached Kissing Point.

As he drew closer, he saw a man’s decomposing body bobbing in the water. This was John Bridger, who had been a Wardroom steward on H.M.S Rosario but had wanted to start a new life in Australia as what was then called a “new chum”. But this New Chum’s new life had been ruthlessly cut short. Find out about this terrible crime and the one that followed.


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Western Daily Press - Friday 24 May 1872

The Sydney Morning Herald - 26th March 1872


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