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Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

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people who have been convicted of crime
Crime
Crime is the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority can ultimately prescribe a conviction...

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Bank robbers


Australians convicted of bank robbery:
  • Brenden Abbott
    Brenden Abbott
    Brenden James Abbott is an Australian bank robber who was branded the Postcard Bandit by the Western Australian Police to attract news media attention...

    , (born 1962), known as the Postcard Bandit
  • Darcy Dugan
    Darcy Dugan
    Darcy Ezekial Dugan was an Australian bank robber and New South Wales' most notorious prison escape artist.Darcy Dugan grew up in the inner suburb of Annandale in Sydney. During his criminal career, he committed numerous armed holdups, robbing banks and even a hospital...

    , (1920–1991), bank robber and New South Wales' most notorious prison escape artist.
  • Keith Faure
    Keith Faure
    Keith George Faure , from Norlane, Victoria, is an Australian career criminal, convicted of multiple murders and manslaughters. He is currently serving life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 19 years for his role in two murders related to the Melbourne gangland killings...

    , (born 1951), from Victoria, is an Australian career criminal
  • Edward "Ned" Kelly
    Ned Kelly
    Edward "Ned" Kelly was an Irish Australian bushranger. He is considered by some to be merely a cold-blooded cop killer — others, however, consider him to be a folk hero and symbol of Irish Australian resistance against the Anglo-Australian ruling class.Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish...

    , (1854/1855–1880), famous armour wearing Victorian bushranger
  • Victor Peirce
    Victor Peirce
    Victor George Peirce was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Peirce was a member of the Pettingill family, headed by matriarch and former Richmond brothel owner Kath Pettingill....

     (1958–2002) ,from Melbourne, was a member of the Pettingill family
    Pettingill family
    The Pettingill family is an infamous Melbourne-based criminal family, headed by matriarch Kath Pettingill. Family members have many convictions for criminal offences including drug trafficking, arms dealing and armed robberies...

  • Gregory Roberts
    Gregory David Roberts
    Gregory David Roberts is an Australian author best known for his novel Shantaram. He is a former heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped from Pentridge Prison in 1980, and fled to India where he lived for ten years.-Life:Roberts had become addicted to heroin after his marriage ended,...

     (born 1952), a former heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped and fled to India. Author of Shantaram.

Drug traffickers



Australians convicted of drug related crimes
Drug-Related Crime
In the United States, Illegal drugs are related to crime in multiple ways. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse...

 both in Australia and overseas.
  • Dennis Allen
    Dennis Allen
    Dennis Allen was a Melbourne based drug dealer who was reported to have murdered many victims. He was the oldest son of criminal matriarch Kath Pettingill. He died of heart disease in 1987 in prison custody awaiting trial for murder....

    , nicknamed Mr. Death, member of the Pettingill family
    Pettingill family
    The Pettingill family is an infamous Melbourne-based criminal family, headed by matriarch Kath Pettingill. Family members have many convictions for criminal offences including drug trafficking, arms dealing and armed robberies...

  • Kevin Barlow, executed in Malaysia.
  • Nola Blake
    Nola Blake
    Nola Blake is an Australian woman who in 1987 was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for drug trafficking and subsequently sentenced to death. Her sentence was later commuted to life in prison...

    , sentenced to death in Thailand
    Thailand
    Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

     in 1988. Sentence later commuted to life.
  • Brian Chambers, executed in Malaysia.
  • Schapelle Corby
    Schapelle Corby
    Schapelle Leigh Corby is an Australian woman convicted of drug smuggling who is imprisoned in Indonesia.Corby is serving a 20-year sentence for the importation of of cannabis into Bali, Indonesia...

    , serving a 20 year prison sentence in Indonesia
    Indonesia
    Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

    .
  • Holly Deane-Johns
    Holly Deane-Johns
    Holly Deane-Johns is an Australian woman convicted in Thailand of attempting to post a parcel of 11 grams heroin back to Australia. Further quantities of 15 grams of heroin was found in her Bangkok apartment and another 110 grams in the residence of her companion Robert Halliwell...

    , serving a 31 year prison sentence in Thailand
    Thailand
    Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

    .Transferred back to Perth in 2007.
  • Warren Fellows
    Warren Fellows
    Warren Fellows is a former Australian drug courier who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Thailand in 1978 for his role in a heroin trafficking operation that took place from Perth to Bangkok.-Early life:...

    ,
  • Jim Krakouer
    Jim Krakouer
    James Gordon "Jim" Krakouer was an Australian rules footballer in the 1980s for North Melbourne and St Kilda in the VFL and Claremont in the WAFL...

    , star AFL footballer imprisoned for 16 years on amphetamine trafficking charges.
  • Todd Douglas Little, sentenced to 22 years jail for manufacture and supply of 19 kilograms of methamphetamine over a 2 year period. Member of Nomads outlaw motorcycle club.
  • Michael McAuliffe, executed in Malaysia.
  • David McMillan (smuggler)
    David McMillan (smuggler)
    David McMillan is a British-Australian drug smuggler who is best known for being the only Westerner on record as having successfully escaped Bangkok's Klong Prem prison. His exploits were the subject of the 2011 Australian telemovie, Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away.-Early life:McMillan was...

     He escaped from Thailand's notorious Bangkok Prison in 1996.
  • Van Tuong Nguyen
    Van Tuong Nguyen
    Van Tuong Nguyen baptised Caleb, was an Australian from Melbourne, Victoria convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore...

    , executed in Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

    .
  • Bali Nine
    Bali Nine
    The Bali Nine is the name given to a group of nine Australians arrested on 17 April 2005, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, in a plan to smuggle of heroin valued at approximately A$4 million from Indonesia to Australia...

    ,
    • Andrew Chan
      Andrew Chan
      Andrew Chan , an Australian citizen, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Chan was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar...

      , sentenced to death in Indonesia on 14 February 2006
    • Si Yi Chen
      Si Yi Chen
      Si Yi Chen , an Australian citizen, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Chen was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta together with three others. Police uncovered of heroin in a suitcase in the room. After a criminal trial, on 15...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 16 February 2006
    • Michael Czugaj
      Michael Czugaj
      Michael William Czugaj , an Australian former glazier from Oxley, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Czugaj was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar with of heroin concealed on his body...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 14 February 2006
    • Renae Lawrence
      Renae Lawrence
      Renae Lawrence , an Australian former hospitality worker and panel beater, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, on her third trip to Bali, Lawrence was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar with of heroin concealed on her body...

      , sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Indonesia
    • Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen
      Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen
      Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen , a Vietnamese–Australian citizen, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Nguyen was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta together with three others. Police uncovered of heroin in a suitcase in the room...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 16 February 2006
    • Matthew Norman
      Matthew Norman
      Matthew James Norman , an Australian citizen, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Norman was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta together with three others. Police uncovered of heroin in a suitcase in the room. After a criminal trial,...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 16 February 2006
    • Scott Rush
      Scott Rush
      Scott Anthony Rush , an Australian former labourer, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, on his first trip to Bali, Rush was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar with of heroin concealed on his body. After a criminal trial, on...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 13 February 2006
    • Martin Stephens
      Martin Stephens
      Martin Eric Stephens , an Australian former bartender, was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, on his first trip to Bali, Stephens was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar with of heroin taped to his chest and concealed under his...

      , sentenced to life imprisonment in Indonesia on 14 February 2006
    • Myuran Sukumaran
      Myuran Sukumaran
      Myuran Sukumaran Myuran Sukumaran Myuran Sukumaran (Tamil: (மயூரன் சுகுமாரன்) (born 17 April 1981 in London, England) is an Australian who was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Sukumaran was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta with three...

      , sentenced to death in Indonesia on 14 February 2006
  • Victor Peirce
    Victor Peirce
    Victor George Peirce was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Peirce was a member of the Pettingill family, headed by matriarch and former Richmond brothel owner Kath Pettingill....

    , member of the Pettingill family, murdered in 2001.
  • Kath Pettingill, former brothel
    Brothel
    Brothels are business establishments where patrons can engage in sexual activities with prostitutes. Brothels are known under a variety of names, including bordello, cathouse, knocking shop, whorehouse, strumpet house, sporting house, house of ill repute, house of prostitution, and bawdy house...

     worker and owner, and criminal matriarch of the Pettingill family.
  • Roger Rogerson
    Roger Rogerson
    Roger Caleb Rogerson is a controversial former detective-sergeant of the New South Wales Police Force. Rogerson was convicted of perverting the course of justice and lying to the 1999 Police Integrity Commission...

    , corrupt former police officer.
  • Stephen John Sutton
    Stephen John Sutton
    Stephen John Sutton is an Australian man who was imprisoned in Argentina. He was arrested on 4 February 2003 after a joint operation by the Australian Federal Police and Argentine Police. He was charged with narcotics offences and was sentenced in 2005 to 11 years in jail for drug trafficking. He...

    , imprisoned in Argentina on drug charges
  • Robert Trimbole
    Robert Trimbole
    Robert Trimbole was an Australian businessman, drug baron and organised crime boss whose alleged involvement in the disappearance of anti-marijuana campaigner Donald Mackay and involvement in drug trafficking in the Griffith, New South Wales area, led to a royal commission, a Coroner's inquest and...

    , International felon and drug lord
  • Andrew "Benji" Veniamin
    Andrew Veniamin
    Andrew "Benji" Veniamin was an Australian criminal, convicted car thief, murderer accused of killing 7 underworld figures and was one of the key figures involved in the Melbourne underworld killings...

    , murdered in 2004
  • Richard James Walsh, sentenced to 32 years jail for supplying 450 kilograms of methampetamine between March 1997 and September 2001. Former head member of Nomads outlaw motorcycle club.
  • Carl Williams, murdered in 2010

Families


Notable Australian criminal families.
  • Moran family
    Moran family
    The Moran family is an infamous Melbourne-based criminal family, notable for their involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings. Family matriarch Judy Moran lost two sons, Jason and Mark, estranged husband Lewis, and brother-in-law Des to an underworld feud that resulted in the deaths of over 30...

    • Jason Moran
      Jason Moran
      Jason Matthew Patrick Moran was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, and one of the leaders of the Moran crime family, notable for its involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings. He sported a 12 cm scar on the side of his face.-Early life:Moran was the son of Lewis Moran and...

    • Lewis Moran
      Lewis Moran
      Lewis Moran was an Australian organized crime figure and patriarch of the infamous Moran family of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Notable for his involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings, Moran was shot dead in a Melbourne hotel The Brunswick Club in 2004...

    • Mark Moran
      Mark Moran (criminal)
      Mark Anthony Moran was a criminal of the infamous Moran family from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, notable for its involvement in the illegal drug trade and the Melbourne gangland killings...

  • Pettingill family
    Pettingill family
    The Pettingill family is an infamous Melbourne-based criminal family, headed by matriarch Kath Pettingill. Family members have many convictions for criminal offences including drug trafficking, arms dealing and armed robberies...

    • Dennis Allen
      Dennis Allen
      Dennis Allen was a Melbourne based drug dealer who was reported to have murdered many victims. He was the oldest son of criminal matriarch Kath Pettingill. He died of heart disease in 1987 in prison custody awaiting trial for murder....

    • Victor Peirce
      Victor Peirce
      Victor George Peirce was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Peirce was a member of the Pettingill family, headed by matriarch and former Richmond brothel owner Kath Pettingill....

    • Kath Pettingill

Gangsters

  • Alphonse Gangitano
    Alphonse Gangitano
    Alphonse John Gangitano was an Italian Australian criminal from Templestowe, a suburb of Melbourne. Nicknamed the "Black Prince of Lygon Street", Gangitano was the face of an organisation known as the Carlton Crew, and a close associate of convicted criminals Graham Kinniburgh, Mick Gatto and...

    , associate of Jason Moran
    Jason Moran
    Jason Matthew Patrick Moran was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, and one of the leaders of the Moran crime family, notable for its involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings. He sported a 12 cm scar on the side of his face.-Early life:Moran was the son of Lewis Moran and...

    , murdered.
  • Michael Kanaan
    Michael Kanaan
    Michael Kanaan is a Lebanese Australian triple murderer from Sydney, New South Wales, currently serving three sentences of life imprisonment plus 50 years and 4 months without the possibility of parole, for the murder of three people and other offences, all committed in Sydney between 17 July 1998...

    , multiple murderer and gang member
  • Tony Mokbel
    Tony Mokbel
    Antonios Sajih 'Tony' Mokbel is an Australian from Melbourne, Australia, who was a fugitive until his recapture in Athens, Greece on 5 June 2007. He is of Lebanese descent and born in Kuwait. Detectives from Operation Purana allege that he is the mastermind behind the Melbourne amphetamines trade...

    , serving a 12 year sentence, awaiting further charges
  • Jason Moran
    Jason Moran
    Jason Matthew Patrick Moran was an Australian criminal from Melbourne, Victoria, and one of the leaders of the Moran crime family, notable for its involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings. He sported a 12 cm scar on the side of his face.-Early life:Moran was the son of Lewis Moran and...

    , killed by rival gangster Carl Williams in a gang war
  • Lewis Moran
    Lewis Moran
    Lewis Moran was an Australian organized crime figure and patriarch of the infamous Moran family of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Notable for his involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings, Moran was shot dead in a Melbourne hotel The Brunswick Club in 2004...

    , killed by rival gangster Carl Williams in a gang war
  • Mark Moran
    Mark Moran (criminal)
    Mark Anthony Moran was a criminal of the infamous Moran family from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, notable for its involvement in the illegal drug trade and the Melbourne gangland killings...

    , killed by rival gangster Carl Williams in a gang war
  • Nikolai Radev, killed in gang war
  • Stewart John Regan, A well known member of the Australian underworld during the 60's and 70's
  • Abraham Saffron, King of kings Cross, sydney gangster.
  • Andrew Veniamin
    Andrew Veniamin
    Andrew "Benji" Veniamin was an Australian criminal, convicted car thief, murderer accused of killing 7 underworld figures and was one of the key figures involved in the Melbourne underworld killings...

    , killed in gang war by Mick Gatto
  • Carl Williams, murdered by a prison inmate

Fraudsters


Australians convicted of fraud
Fraud
In criminal law, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation...

  • Rodney Adler
    Rodney Adler
    Rodney Stephens Adler is an Australian businessman and former director of telecommunications company One.Tel and insurance company HIH, both of which collapsed in 2001. He was jailed in 2005 for his conduct related to the collapse of HIH....

    , Sydney based fraudster who was imprisoned for his role in transactions to hide the true financial status of FAI Insurance.
  • Alan Bond
    Alan Bond (businessman)
    Alan Bond is an Australian businessman noted for his criminal convictions and high-profile business dealings, including what was at the time the biggest corporate collapse in Australian history. Bond was born in the Hammersmith district of London, England, and emigrated to Australia with his...

    , jailed for three years in 1996 for fraud
  • Brian Burke
    Brian Burke
    Brian Thomas Burke was Labor premier of Western Australia from 25 February 1983 until his resignation on 25 February 1988...

    , former W.A.
    Western Australia
    Western Australia is a state of Australia, occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east...

     premier imprisoned for rorting travel expenses
  • Michael Cobb
    Michael Cobb
    Michael Roy Cobb is an Australian politician who represented the electorate of Parkes in the Australian House of Representatives from 1984 to 1998.Before entering politics Cobb worked as a veterinary surgeon and ran a farm...

    , former politician convicted of fraud after rorting travel expenses
  • Laurie Connell
    Laurie Connell
    Laurie Connell was a Western Australian business entrepreneur. He was well known for his dealings with the Government of Western Australia and his close relationship with the then Premier of Western Australia, Brian Burke, during the WA Inc period in the mid to late 1980s as chairman of the...

    , jailed for conspiring to pervert the course of justice
  • Peter Foster
    Peter Foster
    Peter Clarence Foster is an Australian who has been convicted and jailed on three continents for offences involving weight loss products and property transactions....

    , one of Australia's most famous conmen, jailed for fraud
  • Simon Hannes
    Simon Hannes
    Simon Gautier Hannes was an Australian senior executive of Macquarie Bank convicted of insider trading over call options bought prior to the takeover of TNT by the Dutch postal service in 1996....

    , insider trading ahead of takeover of TNT in 1996
  • Ray O'Connor
    Ray O'Connor
    Raymond James "Ray" O'Connor was the 22nd Premier of Western Australia.-Pre-political life:He was born in Perth and attended schools in towns of Narrogin and York, and St Patrick's Boys' School in Perth...

    , former W.A.
    Western Australia
    Western Australia is a state of Australia, occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east...

     premier imprisoned for stealing
  • Rene Rivkin
    Rene Rivkin
    Rene Rivkin was an Australian entrepreneur, investor, investment adviser, and stockbroker. He was a well-known stockbroker in Australia for many years until his death in 2005.-Early life:...

    , stockmarket guru imprisoned on insider trading charges
  • Christopher Skase
    Christopher Skase
    Christopher Charles Skase was an Australian businessman who later became one of his country's most wanted fugitives, after his business empire crashed spectacularly and he fled to Majorca in Spain.-Early life:...

    , failed businessman and fugitive who escaped to Majorca
  • Andrew Theophanous
    Andrew Theophanous
    Andrew Charles Theophanous is a former Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1980 to 2000, and an independent member from 2000 to 2001...

    , bribery and fraud offences relating to assisting in visa applications as a Member of Parliament
  • Glenn Wheatley
    Glenn Wheatley
    Glenn Dawson Wheatley is an Australian artist manager and entertainment industry executive.Wheatley began his career as a musician in Brisbane in the mid-1960s and in the late 1960s became nationally famous as a member of leading pop-rock band The Masters Apprentices...

    , jailed for tax evasion
  • Ray Williams
    Ray Williams (businessman)
    Raymond Reginald Williams is an Australian businessman and corporate criminal. In 2005 he was imprisoned for two years and nine months for filing false financial statements and failing his duty as a director....

    , fraud related to the collapse of HIH Insurance
    HIH Insurance
    HIH Insurance was Australia's second largest insurance company. It was placed into provisional liquidation on 15 March 2001. The demise of HIH is considered to be the largest corporate collapse in Australia's history, with liquidators estimating that HIH's losses totalled up to $5.3 billion...


Murderers


Australians convicted of murder
Murder
Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human being, and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide...

.
  • Michael Andrew Knott, murdered Amy Marie Ford, sentenced to life.
  • Dante Arthurs
    Dante Arthurs
    Dante Wyndham Arthurs from Perth, Western Australia, was 21 years old when he was charged on the 27th of June 2006, with the Wilful Murder, Sexual Penetration and Unlawful Detention of 8 year old school girl Sofia Rodriguez Urrutia-Shu...

    , murdered Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu
  • Valmae Beck, sentenced to life for the murder of Sian Kingi
    Murder of Sian Kingi
    Watts was tried in 1995 for the murder of Helen Mary Feeney who was last seen alive one month before the murder of Kingi. He was convicted and sentenced to 14 years jail for manslaughter, and in 2007 confessed to his involvement in the murder of Sian Kingi.-Beck:...

  • Lindsay Beckett
    Bega schoolgirl murders
    The Bega schoolgirl murders refers to the abduction, rape and murder of New South Wales schoolgirls, 14-year-old Lauren Margaret Barry and 16-year-old Nichole Emma Collins of Bega, New South Wales on 6 October 1997....

     and Leslie Camilleri, convicted of the Bega schoolgirl murders
  • James Beauregard-Smith
    James Beauregard-Smith
    James George Beauregard-Smith is a convicted Australian rapist and murderer, serving a life prison sentence.On 16 March 1978, the Supreme Court jury found Beauregard-Smith guilty of murdering nine-year old Craig Alan Holland...

    , convicted triple murderer and rapist
  • Kenneth Brown
    Kenneth Brown (pastoralist)
    Kenneth Brown was an explorer and pastoralist in Western Australia. He was hanged for murdering his wife.Kenneth Brown was born in England in 1837. The eldest son of Thomas Brown, he later became the older brother of Maitland Brown. In 1840, The Brown family emigrated to Western Australia,...

    , explorer and pastoralist hanged for murdering his wife
  • Martin Bryant
    Martin Bryant
    Martin Bryant is an Australian who has been convicted of murdering 35 people and injuring 21 others in the Port Arthur massacre, a shooting spree in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia, in 1996. He is currently serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole in the psychiatric wing of...

    , convicted of 35 murders in the Port Arthur massacre
  • Wayne Butler, convicted of murdering Celia Douty
    Murder of Celia Douty
    Celia Natasha "Tasha" Douty was a British resort worker who was murdered on Brampton Island in Queensland, Australia. The crime remained unsolved until 2001, when Sydney motor industry finance manager, Wayne Butler, was found guilty. It was the first murder in Australia to be solved using DNA...

  • Patricia Margaret Byers, Dubbed the Black Widow, convicted of murder and attempted murder of separate spouses
  • Sudo Cavkic, convicted murderer, with Costas Athanasi and Julian Michael Clarke, of Melbourne solicitor Keith William Allan
  • Keith Faure
    Keith Faure
    Keith George Faure , from Norlane, Victoria, is an Australian career criminal, convicted of multiple murders and manslaughters. He is currently serving life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 19 years for his role in two murders related to the Melbourne gangland killings...

    , convicted Melbourne underworld killings murderer
  • Christopher Dale Flannery
    Christopher Dale Flannery
    Christopher Dale Flannery, aka Mr. Rent-A-Kill is alleged to have been an Australian hitman. Flannery was born in Brunswick, Victoria.- Juvenile Crime:...

    , known as "Mr-Rent-A-Kill", rapist and armed robber who shot an undercover policeman
  • Arthur Freeman
    Arthur Freeman
    Arthur Freeman was a Russian Jewish writer; born at Vilnius about 1840. Persecuted because of his participation in revolutionary movements, he fled to America, and died by his own hand at Syracuse, New York, on November 8, 1880...

    , sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his daughter by throwing her from West Gate Bridge, Melbourne.
  • Andrew Garforth, convicted killer of 9 year old Ebony Simpson
    Ebony Simpson
    The murder of Ebony Jane Simpson occurred in Bargo, New South Wales on 19 August 1992. Ebony was nine years old. Andrew Peter Garforth later pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release on parole.-Abduction and murder:On 19 August 1992,...

     in Bargo, New South Wales
    Bargo, New South Wales
    Bargo is a small town of the Macarthur Region, New South Wales, Australia in the Wollondilly Shire. It is approximately 100 km south west of Sydney....

  • Sef Gonzales
    Sef Gonzales
    Sef Gonzales is an Australian who was convicted and sentenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales to life imprisonment for the murder of his father Teddy Gonzales, 46, mother Mary Loiva Josephine, 43, and sister Clodine, 18....

    , murdered his mother, father and sister
  • Maddison Hall
    Maddison Hall
    Maddison Hall is an Australian HIV-positive transsexual and convicted murderer. In 1987, he shot and killed hitchhiker Lyn Saunders at Gol Gol, New South Wales.-Sentence:...

    , murdered a hitchhiker, had a sex change
    Sex change
    Sex change is a term often used for gender reassignment therapy, that is, all medical procedures transgendered people can have, or specifically to sexual reassignment surgery, which usually refers to genitalia surgery only...

     operation in prison
  • Murray Walter Hearne, killed Constable Peter Forsyth and maliciously wounded Constables Semple & Neville.
  • Ned Kelly
    Ned Kelly
    Edward "Ned" Kelly was an Irish Australian bushranger. He is considered by some to be merely a cold-blooded cop killer — others, however, consider him to be a folk hero and symbol of Irish Australian resistance against the Anglo-Australian ruling class.Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish...

    , bushranger
  • Henry Keogh
    Henry Keogh
    Henry Keogh is an Australian convicted of murder. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia and was educated at Saint Ignatius College and briefly at the School of Dentistry at The University of Adelaide....

    , convicted of strangling his fiancée
  • Julian Knight
    Julian Knight
    Julian Knight is the mass murderer who on 9 August 1987, shot dead seven people and injured 19 during a shooting spree in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia, in what became known in Australian history as the Hoddle Street Massacre....

    , Hoddle Street Massacre
    Hoddle Street massacre
    The Hoddle Street massacre is a spree killing that occurred on the evening of Sunday, 9 August 1987 in Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.The shootings resulted in the deaths of seven people, and serious injury to 19 others...

  • Katherine Knight
    Katherine Knight
    Katherine Mary Knight was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. She was convicted of the murder of her partner, John Charles Thomas Price in October 2001, and is currently detained in Mulawa Correctional Centre now known as Silverwater women's...

    , murdered John Charles Thomas Price on 29 February 2000. The first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
  • Keli Lane
    Keli Lane
    Keli Lane , a former Australian water polo player, was convicted of the 1996 murder of her new born baby Tegan, and three counts of lying under oath. Lane is currently serving an 18 year prison sentence and will be eligible for parole on 12 May 2023, after serving a period of 13 years and five...

    , convicted of the 1996 murder of her newborn daughter Tegan on 13 December 2010.
  • Wendy Lange: Dubbed the Black Widow, murdered her husband, sentenced to life imprisonment, changed name to Julie Sage.
  • Martin Leach
    Martin Leach (Australian murderer)
    Martin Leach , is a convicted rapist and double murderer, and has been described as one of, if not the Northern Territory's worst killer....

    : bound, gagged and stabbed Charmaine Ariet and bound, gagged, stabbed, raped and slit the throat of her cousin Janice Carnegie before burying their bodies in a gully at Berry Springs.
  • Francesco Mangione
    Francesco Mangione
    Francesco Mangione is an Australian, convicted of the murder of his 26 year old cousin, Denis Giunta on 5 February 2002 in his Williamstown home.-Early life:Mangione, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria was born 23 July 1957 in Sicily. In 1969 he came to Australia...

    , the Mr Whippy ice cream turf war murderer
  • William Harold Matheson, convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend Lyndsay Van Blanken in 2003
  • Scott Geoffrey Maygar, sentenced to life imprisonment for triple murder and rape in Toowoomba along with John Woodman.
  • Craig Minogue
    Craig Minogue
    Craig W. J. 'Slim' Minogue is an Australian prisoner, convicted for the 1986 bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 27 March 1986. In 1988, Minogue was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 30 years...

    , Russell Street bombing
    Russell Street Bombing
    The Russell Street Bombing refers to the 27 March 1986 bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters complex in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...

  • Bradley John Murdoch
    Bradley John Murdoch
    Bradley John Murdoch is serving life imprisonment for the July 2001 murder of English backpacker Peter Falconio in Australia. He will be 74 when eligible for parole. Murdoch is being held in Alice Springs Correctional Centre in Alice Springs. He has lodged two appeals against his conviction; both...

    , convicted for the murder of Peter Falconio
  • Michael Murdoch
    Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Lorraine Cobby was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986...

    , convicted of the Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Lorraine Cobby was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986...

  • Gary Murphy
    Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Lorraine Cobby was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986...

    , convicted of the Anita Cobby murder
  • Les Murphy
    Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Lorraine Cobby was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986...

    , convicted of the Anita Cobby murder
  • Michael Murphy
    Anita Cobby murder
    Anita Lorraine Cobby was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986...

    , convicted of the Anita Cobby murder
  • James Ryan O'Neill
    James Ryan O'Neill
    James Ryan O'Neill is an Australian convicted murderer, currently serving a life sentence in Tasmania for a murder he committed in February 1975....

    , a Victorian convicted of murder in Tasmania
  • Ronald Ryan
    Ronald Ryan
    Ronald Joseph Ryan was the last person to be legally executed in Australia. Ryan was found guilty of shooting and killing prison officer George Hodson during a prison escape from Pentridge Prison, Victoria in 1965...

    , last person executed in Australia
  • John Sharpe, spear gun murderer of his wife and child
  • Anu Singh
    Anu Singh
    Anu Singh is an Australian of Indian descent who, in 1997, while a law student at the Australian National University, murdered her boyfriend, Joe Cinque. She laced his coffee with Rohypnol, then injected him with heroin. The crime was very widely reported in Australia...

    , murdered her boyfriend Joe Cinque
  • Neddy Smith
    Neddy Smith
    Arthur Stanley "Neddy" Smith is an Australian criminal who has been convicted of rape, armed robbery and murder.Smith has been serving a life sentence since 1989 and is presently imprisoned in Long Bay Correctional Centre after being moved from Lithgow Correctional Centre in New South Wales,...

    , convicted of the murder of Sydney brothel
    Brothel
    Brothels are business establishments where patrons can engage in sexual activities with prostitutes. Brothels are known under a variety of names, including bordello, cathouse, knocking shop, whorehouse, strumpet house, sporting house, house of ill repute, house of prostitution, and bawdy house...

     owner, Harvey Jones
  • John Travers, convicted ringleader of the Anita Cobby murder
  • Bevan Spencer von Einem
    Bevan Spencer von Einem
    Bevan Spencer von Einem , also known as Bevan von Einem , is a convicted child murderer from Adelaide, South Australia...

    , murderer
  • Damien Peter Willis, Co-accused in the murder of Bruno Furina.
  • Steven Bradley Wood, Convicted of the murder of Bruno Furina.
  • James Christopher Wylie Whiteford. Convicted of, on the early morning of Sunday 22 March 1964, at 194 Cavendish Road Coorparoo Brisbane, the murders of Rose Wood aged 76, along with her daughters Grace Glennie Wood aged 48, and Meta Maria Wood age unknown. Whiteford broke into the victims' retail store premises and perpetrated his attack in the attached rear residence. The motive appeared to be robbery. Prior to leaving the premises he set fire to the building. This caused limited internal damage before being brought under control, and the building still stands and remains in use as a retail store to this day in October 2011. (Ref "The Age" March 25 1964)

Serial killers


Australians convicted of multiple murders
  • David Birnie, rape and murder of four women in Perth in 1986
  • Catherine Birnie, rape and murder of four women in Perth in 1986
  • John Bunting
    John Bunting (serial killer)
    John Justin Bunting is an Australian serial killer from Brisbane, Queensland, currently serving eleven consecutive sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for his role in the murder of 11 victims of the Snowtown murders....

    , convicted killer involved in the Snowtown murders
    Snowtown murders
    The Snowtown murders, also known as the Bodies in Barrels murders, were the murders of 11 people in South Australia, Australia between August 1992 and May 1999...

  • Eric Edgar Cooke
    Eric Edgar Cooke
    Eric Edgar Cooke nicknamed The Night Caller was an Australian serial killer. From 1959 to 1963, he terrorised the city of Perth, Western Australia, by committing 22 violent crimes, eight of which resulted in deaths....

    , The Nedlands monster
  • Paul Denyer
    Paul Denyer
    Paul Charles Denyer is an Australian serial killer, currently serving three consecutive sentences of life imprisonment with a non-parole period 30 years at HM Prison Barwon for the murders of Elizabeth Stevens, 18, Debbie Fream, 22, and Natalie Russell, 17, in Frankston, Victoria in 1993.Denyer is...

    , Melbourne based serial killer during early 1990s dubbed the 'Frankston Serial Killer'.
  • Peter Dupas
    Peter Dupas
    Peter Norris Dupas is an Australian serial killer, currently serving three consecutive life sentences for murder. His violent criminal history spans more than three decades, and with every release from prison has been known to commit further crimes against women with increasing levels of violence...

    , Melbourne based serial killer who killed several times upon release from prison.
  • John Wayne Glover
    John Wayne Glover
    John Wayne Glover was a British-born Australian serial killer convicted for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore....

    , the Sydney North Shore granny murderer
  • Eddie Leonski
    Eddie Leonski
    Edward Joseph Leonski was an American spree killer who committed his crimes in Australia. Leonski is known as the "Brownout Strangler", given Melbourne's wartime status of keeping low lighting .-Early life:Born in New York, Leonski grew up in an abusive, alcoholic family, and one of his brothers...

    , American serial killer known as the Brownout Strangler
  • Ivan Milat
    Backpacker murders
    The Backpacker Murders is a name given to serial killings that occurred in New South Wales, Australia during the 1990s. The bodies of seven missing young people aged 19 to 22 were discovered partly buried in the Belanglo State Forest, south west of the New South Wales town of Berrima...

    , Backpacker murders
  • Joseph Schwab
    Joseph Schwab
    Joseph Schwab was a serial killer who murdered five tourists in the Northern Territory and Western Australia in June 1987. Schwab was dubbed "The Kimberley Killer" by the Australian press after the region in which he committed the murders....

    , murdered five tourists across the Northern Territory and Western Australia in 1987.

Child sex offenders


Australians convicted of child sex offences.
  • Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, labeled Australia's worst pedophile, pleaded guilty to 124 sex offences and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice committed against 63 girls under his care as a teacher and youth leader from 1972 to 2000, sentenced to two consecutive terms of indefinite imprisonment with a nominal sentence of 30 years
  • Robert 'Dolly' Dunn
    Robert 'Dolly' Dunn
    Robert Joseph "Dolly" Dunn was an Australian convicted child molester. He was a school teacher by profession, working for the Marist Brothers, a Catholic religious order....

    , homosexual pedophile, died in 2009 while serving a 20 year sentence
  • Dennis Ferguson
    Dennis Ferguson
    Dennis Raymond Ferguson is an Australian man convicted of child sexual abuse. In 1988, he kidnapped and sexually abused three children, and was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment...

    , pedophile who has caused controversy in NSW and Queensland
  • Andrew Garforth, convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Ebony Simpson
  • Brian Keith Jones
    Brian Keith Jones
    Brian Keith Jones, formerly known as Whispen, is an Australian who was convicted of the abduction and sexual assault of six male children between 1979 and 1980. Jones was given the nickname Mr Baldy for shaving his victims' hair and dressing them in female clothing during the attacks...

    , aka Mr Baldy, serial pedophile jailed indefinitely for breaches of parole
  • Andrew Dean McIntosh, convicted of 42 charges against four boys from 1979 and 1990, sentenced to 32 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 20 years
  • Milton Orkopoulos
    Milton Orkopoulos
    Milton Orkopoulos is a former Australian Labor Party politician, and convicted criminal. A member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1999, Orkopoulos was appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship in August 2005.In November 2006, New...

    , NSW state MP and child sex offender
  • Patrick Power
    Patrick Power (Australian)
    Patrick John Piers Power, SC is a former Senior Counsel in New South Wales, Australia. He was Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor at the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions . In May 2007 he was convicted of possessing child pornography....

    , Crown prosecutor convicted of possessing child pornography
  • David Shane Whitby, convicted of 120 child sex offences committed against eight children between 1999 and 2008, sentenced to 32 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 26 years
  • Deryck Jim Ward, a was-to-be contestant on Australia's The Biggest Loser but was convicted of possessing child pornography weeks before the show was to air, causing Channel 10 to edit him and his sister (who appeared on the show with him) out of the show completely
  • Robert Bropho
    Robert Bropho
    Robert Charles Bropho was an Australian Aboriginal rights activist and convicted serial child sex offender from Perth, Western Australia. He was convicted of multiple cases of child sexual abuse...

    , convicted of five charges of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 13 years.

Rapists


Australians convicted of rape
Rape
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent. The...

  • Peter Dupas
    Peter Dupas
    Peter Norris Dupas is an Australian serial killer, currently serving three consecutive life sentences for murder. His violent criminal history spans more than three decades, and with every release from prison has been known to commit further crimes against women with increasing levels of violence...

    , serial killer
  • Ashfield gang rapes
    Ashfield gang rapes
    The Ashfield gang rapes were a series of attacks involving indecent assault and rape of possibly as many as eighteen teenaged women of varying ethnic backgrounds which were carried out in Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia in late 2001 and over a six month period in 2002...

  • Sydney gang rapes
    Sydney gang rapes
    The Sydney gang rapes were a series of gang rape attacks committed by a group of up to fourteen Lebanese Australian men led by Bilal Skaf against European Australian women and teenage girls, as young as 14, in Sydney Australia in 2000...

    • Bilal Skaf
      Bilal Skaf
      Bilal Skaf is a serial gang rapist who led groups of Lebanese Australian men who committed gang rape attacks against women in 2000....

       - ring leader

Others


Australians convicted of other offences
  • Geoffrey Edelsten
    Geoffrey Edelsten
    Geoffrey Walter Edelsten is an Australian medical entrepreneur. He was the first private owner of a major Australian football team when he bought the Sydney Swans Football Club in 1985. Edelsten was formerly a general practitioner, but was deregistered in New South Wales in 1988 and also in...

    , high profile doctor convicted of soliciting a hit man and perverting the course of justice.
  • Marcus Einfeld
    Marcus Einfeld
    Marcus Richard Einfeld is a retired Australian justice of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory; a former President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; a UNICEF Ambassador for Children; a...

    , former judge and convicted perjurer.
  • David Hicks
    David Hicks
    David Matthew Hicks is an Australian who was convicted by the United States of America Guantanamo Military Commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, on charges of providing material support for terrorism...

    , convicted terrorism supporter.
  • Barry Morris
    Barry Morris
    Barry Morris was an Australian politician, who in 1995 was jailed for making bomb and death threats. The incident was considered a key factor in the Labor Party being returned to power in New South Wales after seven years in Opposition.-Career:Born in Lithgow in 1935, Morris initially followed...

    , politician who was jailed for making bomb and death threats.
  • Chopper Read
    Chopper Read
    Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is an Australian ex-criminal, who wrote a series of semi-autobiographical and fictional crime novels. The 2000 film Chopper was based on his life.-Early life:...

    , a career criminal turned author.

See also