Mysterious murders @ Katoomba Library


Join us at Katoomba Library next Saturday, 15 March, 2014 at 2pm to hear local author Pauline Conolly discuss her book,

The Water Doctor’s Daughters.

The Water Doctor’s Daughters is the fascinating but tragic tale of wealthy 19thC. water-cure doctor James Loftus Marsden and his children. The girls grew up knowing some of the most famous personalities of the day, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson, but two would die in suspicious circumstances. They were severely emotionally deprived. Their mother died in childbirth and Dr Marsden was self-absorbed and autocratic.

In 1852 Marsden employed French born Célestine Doudet as a governess. Doudet came highly recommended, having once served as wardrobe mistress to Queen Victoria. Within weeks she had accused the doctor’s five young daughters of ‘self-abuse’. Marsden urged the governess to do everything in her power to ‘cure’ them, condoning the use of physical restraints and insisting on a rigid homeopathic diet aimed at decreasing sensuality. By the autumn of 1853 Marian Marsden and her sister Lucy were dead. Two sensational trials followed, but who was more culpable… the girls’ father or their governess?”

This is a FREE event, with afternoon tea provided. There will also be the opportunity to purchase a copy of Pauline’s book on the day.

Bookings are appreciated on 4780 5750

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