On 12 November 1904, in Richmond, Victoria, Rosina Hubbard was charged with the fatal poisoning of her mother, Sarah Ann Robins. This would not be Victoria’s first poison murder case, nor its last, but it certainly proved one of its most melodramatic.

After an inquest, trial and extensive debate in the press spanning a six-month period – revealing histrionic behaviour, scandalous relationships, illegal abortions, illegitimate births, multiple marriages, and suspicions of earlier poisoning attempts (both on Robins herself, and other women and children before her) – Rosina was acquitted. But the story doesn’t end there.

Planned as the next in the podcast series, this is a work in progress. We’ll keep you posted …

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