antiques expert foils bridge opening – incurs wrath of brothel owner

Tilly Devine abuses Francis de Groot

Two infamous characters crossed swords (so to speak) and paths in 1932 on a day that the Sydney courthouse was playing host to both of them.  Francis de Groot was there about his gate crashing of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and  Tilly Devine was facing court for her consorting activities.

 You can read the story of Matilda Parsons (nee Twiss) – war bride – here at the Australian War Memorial’s site.  

Daily Telegraph 1932 - de Groot

Francis de Groot – source – Daily Telegraph 1932

Tilly Devine

Tilly Devine in 1925 – source Australian War Memorial

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