37 Brougham Street

37 Brougham Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
source: Melbourne Council archives

Also known as Brougham Terrace Source: On the top of the building
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Patricia Angela Bickett, school teacher, of 37 Brougham Street, North Melbourne.

source: Australian Electoral Roll 1914

Funeral of Miss Bickett.

Yesterday five, hundred children from the Boundary Road State School marched in the funeral of the late Miss Patricia Angela Bickett. Miss Bickett was a teacher at the school, and the tears of many of the scholars showed their affection for her. The funeral left her late residence, Brougham street, North Melbourne, at 11 a.m. for St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, where a short service was conducted.
The interment took place in the Roman Catholic section of the Coburg Cemetery. The flowers included handsome wreaths from the teachers of the Boundary Road School, the School Committee and the scholars and the scholars of the Footscray State School at which Miss Bickett had been a teacher prior to being transferred to Boundary Road.

source: The Bendigo Indipendent 18 Sept 1914

The liar becomes a murderer

“…. Having suffered a very public and embarrassing blow to his reputation, Antonio Soro moved on from Ballarat, but soon found himself in trouble again.

In 1914, Soro rented a room in North Melbourne and became infatuated with a young teacher, Patricia Bickett, who also lived at the property.

Ms Bickett was engaged to marry another man and had no interest in Soro, but he had convinced himself otherwise.

On September 14, Soro approached the young woman in Royal Park and shot her dead.

Police later found him hiding in coiled ropes in a cargo ship moored in the Yarra River.

At his trial, he insisted he was temporarily insane at the time of the shooting, but it emerged that Soro had bought a revolver two days before he shot Ms Bickett.

He wrote letters to his mother falsely claiming that Ms Bickett had begged him to shoot her and that the whole thing was her idea.

His insanity plea was dismissed, with prosecutors telling the court Soro was a “frightful liar who could tell lies glibly and easily”.

It took the jury an hour to find him guilty, and he was sentenced to be hanged.”

by Tim Callanan, ABC News. March 28th 2021.


source: ABC News

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