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Gasworks Hotel

Chief-street, Brompton

Elisha Rundle & Josephine M. B. Rundle


Licensed Dealers in Wines and Spirits

Licensed Dealers in Colonial Wines


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Welcome to the Gasworks Hotel in 1851 to 1874. From 1863 to 1874 they were Josephine’s years.


If you follow on Twitter (see link at left), you will be stepping back in time 150 years. There is news from the district, city, colony, other colonies and the world.


I correct text on Trove Digitised Newspapers – you may see my moniker I then share some of what I read – quirky, historical, topical.

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Do you have some “what about …” questions after reading the book? If so, feel free to pose them to me. If you would like some questions to ponder for yourself, perhaps for a book club discussion, please see the Reader's Guide at the end of the book.


Although I did a lot of research before putting together the story of Josephine, it is certain that some new information will come to light. I tweet discovery of any significant new information, so just follow me on Twitter to learn of new discoveries.


David Coombe

Author Blog

My Thoughts on Second Edition. Posted 2013-08-24 09:53


Last night I released the Second Edition. New title, extra narrative, some new material. It is no longer "Was the Publican a Serial Killer?", but "Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel". I feel more comfortable with that and maybe potential readers will also.


Ed 2 has a new chapter on the odd death of Josephine's stepmother the day (!) before sailing to Australia from Liverpool. Ed 2 also uses helpful feedback from a retired doctor.


Perhaps most of all, Ed 2 has more narrative and draws out the characters better. The more I have become involved in this story, the better I felt have been able to tell it.


Not everything is Josephine. I am researching another, possibly hitherto untold drama. More death and money in Victorian era South Australia. I'll see how that pans out.


You can contact me through my home page or by Twitter @coombeidau (David's Colonial News) and @GasworksHotel.


© David Coombe, 2013-16.