In the ninth book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams visit Tasmania cemeteries to unearth some great tales.

Stories include:

  • Mark Jeffrey: a Port Arthur prisoner who lived with the 1100 or so deceased residents on the Isle of the Dead and should have been buried there…
  • Sylvia McArthur: a girl who died young but made her mark documenting in letters to a newspaper’s children’s page what life was like in the mining towns.
  • Frederick Thompson: was the last man hanged in Tasmania. His crime, the murder of young, Eveline Mary Maughan. He claimed his innocence to the end.
  • Roy Cazaly: footy fans still sing the song about him, Up There Cazaly, but the champion moved to Tasmania where his life took him on a different track.    
  • John Joseph Sweeney: a Tasmanian soldier who joined the NZ forces as a tunneller, planting explosives under German trenches, but met a terrible fate.
  • The Neva: the female convict ship that carried over 200 passengers and crew, but when it hit a reef, it was not women and children first.
  • Thomas Nevin may have created the first mugshots in Tasmania, capturing poignant images of men who ended their days on Tasmania’s gallows.
  • Martin Cash: has been described as a rarity – a bushranger who lived to retire.

… And 10 more stories in this volume.

Connect with the authors on the Grave Tales Facebook page, Instagram or YouTube channel. Or catch their podcast.

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-6453966-2-1| ebook ASIN B0B7JN6NSG

Price and availability: $25  inc postage in Australia only, if purchased directly from the Grave Tales shop; or purchase the paperback or e-book from the sellers listed in our Bookshop.

Pages: 300pp
Publication date: released 1 October 2022.
Category: Non-fiction, crime, true crime, Australiana, history, modern history, biography, cold case.
Atlas Productions


Journalists, Helen Goltz and Chris Adams have between them spent many decades in the print and electronic media working for network television,  radio, and state and community newspapers. With a joint love of history, digging for a good story and storytelling, they have collaborated to create a series of books that brings our history to life again.