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Nurse Mitchell

Join this Vicfix campaign to trace the successive arrests and acquittals of backyard abortionist Nurse Hannah Mitchell 

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Nurse Mitchell

As bleak and sordid as any crime fiction plot, the Nurse Mitchell 'headless corpse' and 'missing bride' cases gripped Melbourne in the 1920s, casting light on the seamier side of life in the city.

Newspaper reports detail the court cases involving Hannah Elizabeth Mitchell, who operated as a backyard abortionist in inner-city Richmond. Her many victims included the country girl whose headless body was found floating in the Yarra River and the newlywed bride who disappeared from Mitchell's home on her wedding day. Though implicated, Nurse Mitchell was found not guilty on both counts.

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Nurse Mitchell

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