Murder on L'Estrange Street

Burnside's Historical and Cultural Officer, Michelle, received a history enquiry about a property on L'Estrange Street. Research uncovered the story of the "Knoxville Tragedy".

In 1931 eyes across Australia turned to the suburb of Knoxville (now Glenunga) as the tale of a missing woman unfolded into something more.

On 23 July 1931, the body of Mary Katherine Edson was found underneath the cement floor of a shed at a house on L’Estrange Street in Knoxville. She was only twenty-two years old.

On the same day her body was found, her twenty-eight year old husband Lawrence Vincent Charles Edson committed suicide.

Read more about the Knoxville Tragedy in our most recent blog post in the History Corner.

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