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On the 15th September 1904, an accident occurred in Elizabeth Street where Sarah Ann
Robins, her husband James and her 27 year old daughter, Rosina Hubbard, who was
described as a dwarf, were thrown from a cart. This accident set in a motion a series of
events that would leave only James still alive 12 months later.

Nursed by her Daughter

Sarah required attention for her injuries, and was nursed at home by her daughter,
Rosina. However doctors became concerned by her unusual symptoms and engaged a
nurse to assist the family in caring for her. Sarah continued to decline and was admitted
to the Melbourne Hospital.

Nurse Flower, who had been engaged to look after Sarah before she was admitted to
hospital, deposed at the inquest that she witnessed Rosina administer some medicine to
her mother. When the nurse rinsed the glass it turned her rings black. Sarah was heard
to remark “they won’t prosecute my Rosie will they?” after doctors accused her of
poisoning her mother. Rosina maintained that her mother wanted to commit suicide
which was why she had given her the arsenic and quicksilver.

Sarah died in the Melbourne Hospital on September 30, 1904. Doctors asked Sarah
before she died whether she had taken anything, which she denied but doctors felt she
was holding something back. After her death, analysis showed arsenic in every organ that
was examined.

Rosina Arrested

Rosina on her arrest for the wilful murder of her mother, Sarah, was heard to
exclaim “me murder my mother!” And then swooned. When she recovered, Rosina stated
that she did not murder her mother, that Sarah had asked for it. During the inquest,
Rosina was described as a “cunning shrewd little woman” but it was not certain she had
her “wits” about her. However, evidence was brought that it was James Robins who
had purchased the arsenic to poison a dog who had bitten someone.  The inquest concluded
with a verdict of wilful murder due to arsenic poisoning, wilfully and maliciously
administered by Rosina Hubbard.

During the murder trial, it was revealed that James Robins had also buried his two
previous wives! One wife died in Launceston about 15 years previously and the second
wife in Melbourne about 16 years previous. It was also alleged that James had fed his
wife oysters sprinkled with white powder. This was denied by James which caused an
outburst by Rosina, screaming that he did! It was also revealed that James did not have
much money to his name when he married Sarah, who herself owned properties. James
would gain the money from these properties on his wife’s death. It was also alleged that
James was the father of Rosina’s infant and that there had been improper relations
between the two.

Confession

In March, 1905, the Government was unhappy that Rosina had been acquitted for the
matricide of her mother Sarah. They deputised Detective McManamny to make further
inquiries in to the case. On re-interviewing, Rosina admitted that she had poisoned her
mother using quicksilver and arsenic. Her reasoning was that her mother knocked her
about and had accused her of relations with her stepfather. However, she also admitted
to the detective that James Robins was the father of her child. As Rosina had been
acquitted of the murder, she could not be retried!

Rosina’s Death

Rosina was not to enjoy her freedom for very long. She died in the Melbourne Hospital on
the 24th May 1905, after being hospitalised since the 5th. Her inquest was again
sensational, as it was originally suspected that Rosina had killed herself by taking the
same poisons as she had administered to her mother! Dr Mollison, the coroner described
Rosina as a congenital dwarf whose arms and legs were considerably smaller than the
rest of her body. She was 3 feet 10 inches in height and her head measured 22 inches.
there were no marks of violence and samples of her organs, muscles and bones were
taken for further analysis. After analysis, the official cause of death was exhaustion due
to ulceration of the intestines.

You would think that would be the end of the story! But there was one more twist!

Rosina’s will was contested on the grounds of her sanity when it went to probate.
Evidence was brought to court on how James Robins held a magnetic influence over
Rosina. It was stated that Robins banned anyone from seeing her in hospital especially
the “black fellow”, who was her half sister, Isabella Webster, Indian husband. Isabella
had described her father as a “brute”. The Chief Justice was to dismiss the content
stating there were no grounds on which to contest.

ON THIS DAY – December 13,1899

MELBOURNE

The excitement in connection with the death of the girl Ambrose found in the Yarra is now subsiding. Mr. Blackett, the Government Analyst, now finds that the quantity of arsenic found in the body was not sufficient to cause death, which was due to suffocation. The real name of the husband of Madame Ledebur is Von Lederberg. He served a term of imprisonment in Victoria. Friday Night. The gaol authorities have reason to fear that Mme. Radalyski, alias Mrs. Ledebur, may commit suicide, had in consequence have arranged to have her watched by two female warders who are placed in the cell with her. Mme. Olga is depressed, but Ted and the girl Jamieson are quite composed. Tod’s father visited him to-day. The accused man and the girl have signed statements that the girl Ambrose died on December 13; but Dr. Neild still persists in his theory that death must have occurred several days previously. It transpires that Mabel Ambrose was a native of Albury. Her father was a well known resident there 20 years ago, and a prominent footballer. In 1879 he married Miss Bergin, a domestic, and the daughter of Patrick Bergin, blacksmith, at Germanton. The girl Mabel was the first issue of the marriage. A well-known Newcastle resident is convinced that the father of the murdered woman was the son of Mr. Ambrose, who occupied the position of telegraph master at Newcastle about 25 years ago. The latter had a son named Alfred, who became an operator, and subsequently worked In the Telegraph Department In Sydney and Melbourne. He died of fever at the latter place some time ago.

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1904

On the 15th September 1904, an accident occurred in Elizabeth Street where Sarah Ann Robins, her husband James and her 27 year old daughter, Rosina Hubbard, who was described as a dwarf were thrown from a cart. This accident set in a motion a series of events that would leave only James still alive 12 months later.

Sarah required attention for her injuries, and was nursed at home by her daughter, Rosina. However doctors became concerned by her unusual symptoms and engaged a nurse to assist the family in caring for her. Sarah continued to decline and was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital. Nurse Flower, who had been engaged to look after Sarah before she was admitted to hospital, deposed at the inquest that she witnessed Rosina administer some medicine to her mother. When the nurse rinsed the glass it turned her rings black. Sarah was heard to remark “they won’t prosecute my Rosie will they?” after doctors accused her of poisoning her mother. Rosina maintained that her mother wanted to commit suicide which was why she had given her the arsenic and quicksilver. Sarah died in the Melbourne Hospital on September 30, 1904.

Doctors asked Sarah before she died whether she had taken anything, which she denied but doctors felt she was holding something back. After her death, analysis showed arsenic in every organ that was examined. Rosina on her arrest for the wilful murder of her mother, Sarah, was heard to exclaim “me murder my mother!” And then swooned. When she recovered, Rosina stated that she did not murder her mother, that Sarah had asked for it. During the inquest, Rosina was described as a “cunning shrewd little woman” but it was not certain she had her “wits” about her. However, evidence was brought that it was James Robins who had purchased the arsenic to poison a dog who had bitten someone. The inquest concluded with a verdict of wilful murder due to arsenic poisoning, wilfully and maliciously administered by Rosina Hubbard.

During the murder trial, it was revealed that James Robins had also buried his two previous wives! One wife died in Launceston about 15 years previously and the second wife in Melbourne about 16 years previous. It was also alleged that James had fed his wife oysters sprinkled with white powder. This was denied by James which caused an outburst by Rosina, screaming that he did! It was also revealed that James did not have much money to his name when he married Sarah, who herself owned properties. James would gain the money from these properties on his wife’s death. It was also alleged that James was the father of Rosina’s infant and that there had been improper relations between the two.

In March, 1905, the Government was unhappy that Rosina had been acquitted for the matricide of her mother Sarah. They deputised Detective McManamny to make further inquiries in to the case. On re-interviewing, Rosina admitted that she had poisoned her mother using quicksilver and arsenic. Her reasoning was that her mother knocked her about and had accused her of relations with her stepfather. However, she also admitted to the detective that James Robins was the father of her child. As Rosina had been acquitted of the murder, she could not be retried!

Rosina was not to enjoy her freedom for very long. She died in the Melbourne Hospital on the 24th May 1905, after being hospitalised since the 5th. Her inquest was again sensational, as it was originally suspected that Rosina had killed herself by taking the same poisons as she had administered to her mother!

Dr Mollison, the coroner described Rosina as a congenital dwarf whose arms and legs were considerably smaller than the rest of her body. She was 3 feet 10 inches in height and her head measured 22 inches. there were no marks of violence and samples of her organs, muscles and bones were taken for further analysis. After analysis, the official cause of death was exhaustion due to ulceration of the intestines.

You would think that would be the end of the story! But there was one more twist! Rosina’s will was contested on the grounds of her sanity when it went to probate. Evidence was brought to court on how James Robins held a magnetic influence over Rosina. It was stated that Robins banned anyone from seeing her in hospital especially the “black fellow”, who was her half sister, Isabella Webster, Indian husband. Isabella had described her father as a “brute”. The Chief Justice was to dismiss the content stating there were no grounds on which to contest.

 

 

On this day ……… 29th of May 1892

A man named Samson Cornwell died at Beulah, near Warracknabeal, on May 29. No post-mortem examination was held, but at a Magisterial inquiry a verdict of death from natural causes was given. From subsequent information in the hands of the police an application was granted to exhume the body, which was done, and at the inquest held a post mortem revealed a salty metallic substance in the liver and stomach, a portion of which was sent to the Government Analyst for analysis. The inquest was adjourned until July 13. A woman named O’Brien, who was living with Cornwell, purchased some arsenic a few days before he died. She and a coloured man named Prato are under arrest for taking certain property of the deceased’s estate.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 13,1899

MELBOURNE

The excitement in connection with the death of the girl Ambrose found in the Yarra is now subsiding. Mr. Blackett, the Government Analyst, now finds that the quantity of arsenic found in the body was not sufficient to cause death, which was due to suffocation. The real name of the husband of Madame Ledebur is Von Lederberg. He served a term of imprisonment in Victoria. Friday Night. The gaol authorities have reason to fear that Mme. Radalyski, alias Mrs. Ledebur, may commit suicide, had in consequence have arranged to have her watched by two female warders who are placed in the cell with her. Mme. Olga is depressed, but Ted and the girl Jamieson are quite composed. Tod’s father visited him to-day. The accused man and the girl have signed statements that the girl Ambrose died on December 13; but Dr. Neild still persists in his theory that death must have occurred several days previously. It transpires that Mabel Ambrose was a native of Albury. Her father was a well known resident there 20 years ago, and a prominent footballer. In 1879 he married Miss Bergin, a domestic, and the daughter of Patrick Bergin, blacksmith, at Germanton. The girl Mabel was the first issue of the marriage. A well-known Newcastle resident is convinced that the father of the murdered woman was the son of Mr. Ambrose, who occupied the position of telegraph master at Newcastle about 25 years ago. The latter had a son named Alfred, who became an operator, and subsequently worked In the Telegraph Department In Sydney and Melbourne. He died of fever at the latter place some time ago.

ON THIS DAY – November 15, 1904

On the 15th September 1904, an accident occurred in Elizabeth Street where Sarah Ann Robins, her husband James and her 27 year old daughter, Rosina Hubbard, who was described as a dwarf were thrown from a cart. This accident set in a motion a series of events that would leave only James still alive 12 months later.

Sarah required attention for her injuries, and was nursed at home by her daughter, Rosina. However doctors became concerned by her unusual symptoms and engaged a nurse to assist the family in caring for her. Sarah continued to decline and was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital. Nurse Flower, who had been engaged to look after Sarah before she was admitted to hospital, deposed at the inquest that she witnessed Rosina administer some medicine to her mother. When the nurse rinsed the glass it turned her rings black. Sarah was heard to remark “they won’t prosecute my Rosie will they?” after doctors accused her of poisoning her mother. Rosina maintained that her mother wanted to commit suicide which was why she had given her the arsenic and quicksilver. Sarah died in the Melbourne Hospital on September 30, 1904.

Doctors asked Sarah before she died whether she had taken anything, which she denied but doctors felt she was holding something back. After her death, analysis showed arsenic in every organ that was examined. Rosina on her arrest for the wilful murder of her mother, Sarah, was heard to exclaim “me murder my mother!” And then swooned. When she recovered, Rosina stated that she did not murder her mother, that Sarah had asked for it. During the inquest, Rosina was described as a “cunning shrewd little woman” but it was not certain she had her “wits” about her. However, evidence was brought that it was James Robins who had purchased the arsenic to poison a dog who had bitten someone. The inquest concluded with a verdict of wilful murder due to arsenic poisoning, wilfully and maliciously administered by Rosina Hubbard.

During the murder trial, it was revealed that James Robins had also buried his two previous wives! One wife died in Launceston about 15 years previously and the second wife in Melbourne about 16 years previous. It was also alleged that James had fed his wife oysters sprinkled with white powder. This was denied by James which caused an outburst by Rosina, screaming that he did! It was also revealed that James did not have much money to his name when he married Sarah, who herself owned properties. James would gain the money from these properties on his wife’s death. It was also alleged that James was the father of Rosina’s infant and that there had been improper relations between the two.

In March, 1905, the Government was unhappy that Rosina had been acquitted for the matricide of her mother Sarah. They deputised Detective McManamny to make further inquiries in to the case. On re-interviewing, Rosina admitted that she had poisoned her mother using quicksilver and arsenic. Her reasoning was that her mother knocked her about and had accused her of relations with her stepfather. However, she also admitted to the detective that James Robins was the father of her child. As Rosina had been acquitted of the murder, she could not be retried!

Rosina was not to enjoy her freedom for very long. She died in the Melbourne Hospital on the 24th May 1905, after being hospitalised since the 5th. Her inquest was again sensational, as it was originally suspected that Rosina had killed herself by taking the same poisons as she had administered to her mother!

Dr Mollison, the coroner described Rosina as a congenital dwarf whose arms and legs were considerably smaller than the rest of her body. She was 3 feet 10 inches in height and her head measured 22 inches. there were no marks of violence and samples of her organs, muscles and bones were taken for further analysis. After analysis, the official cause of death was exhaustion due to ulceration of the intestines.

You would think that would be the end of the story! But there was one more twist! Rosina’s will was contested on the grounds of her sanity when it went to probate. Evidence was brought to court on how James Robins held a magnetic influence over Rosina. It was stated that Robins banned anyone from seeing her in hospital especially the “black fellow”, who was her half sister, Isabella Webster, Indian husband. Isabella had described her father as a “brute”. The Chief Justice was to dismiss the content stating there were no grounds on which to contest.

 

 

On this day ……… 29th of May 1892

A man named Samson Cornwell died at Beulah, near Warracknabeal, on May 29. No post-mortem examination was held, but at a Magisterial inquiry a verdict of death from natural causes was given. From subsequent information in the hands of the police an application was granted to exhume the body, which was done, and at the inquest held a post mortem revealed a salty metallic substance in the liver and stomach, a portion of which was sent to the Government Analyst for analysis. The inquest was adjourned until July 13. A woman named O’Brien, who was living with Cornwell, purchased some arsenic a few days before he died. She and a coloured man named Prato are under arrest for taking certain property of the deceased’s estate.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 13,1899

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The excitement in connection with the death of the girl Ambrose found in the Yarra is now subsiding. Mr. Blackett, the Government Analyst, now finds that the quantity of arsenic found in the body was not sufficient to cause death, which was due to suffocation. The real name of the husband of Madame Ledebur is Von Lederberg. He served a term of imprisonment in Victoria. Friday Night. The gaol authorities have reason to fear that Mme. Radalyski, alias Mrs. Ledebur, may commit suicide, had in consequence have arranged to have her watched by two female warders who are placed in the cell with her. Mme. Olga is depressed, but Ted and the girl Jamieson are quite composed. Tod’s father visited him to-day. The accused man and the girl have signed statements that the girl Ambrose died on December 13; but Dr. Neild still persists in his theory that death must have occurred several days previously. It transpires that Mabel Ambrose was a native of Albury. Her father was a well known resident there 20 years ago, and a prominent footballer. In 1879 he married Miss Bergin, a domestic, and the daughter of Patrick Bergin, blacksmith, at Germanton. The girl Mabel was the first issue of the marriage. A well-known Newcastle resident is convinced that the father of the murdered woman was the son of Mr. Ambrose, who occupied the position of telegraph master at Newcastle about 25 years ago. The latter had a son named Alfred, who became an operator, and subsequently worked In the Telegraph Department In Sydney and Melbourne. He died of fever at the latter place some time ago.