JULIET LANE – CHINATOWN

On account of a female, who came from the country, was taking tea with her friend in Juilet Lane, when she became unwell, and said there must be something deleterious in the water tank.

A most disturbing find was made in the water tank behind the building on the 16th November 1859. After guests become unwell at a dinner party, from drinking water, it was decided to look into the tank a brown paper parcel was seen floating on the water, which, on being taken out, created a great stench. Inside of the paper was found the body of a child, wrapped up in calico, with its legs doubled up and tied with a cord. At the inquest it was stated that its skull had been fractured. The jury returned a verdict of ‘ Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.’