Graeme Frederick Hilton Thorne

Graeme Frederick Hilton Thorne

Birth
New South Wales, Australia
Death 15 Jul 1960 (aged 8)
Clontarf, Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, Australia
Burial North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Plot AJ Hare Section, Row 9, Position 0014
Memorial ID 70591955 · View Source
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Murder Victim. Son of Bazil Harold Parker & Freda Mary (nee Thorncraft) Thorne. On June 1, 1960 Graeme's Father, Bazil won the £100,000 Opera House Lottery. It was front page news. 8 year old Graeme was abducted from a street near his home at Edward Street, Bondi ( a seaside suburb of Sydney), shortly after 8.30am on the 7th July, 1960. He was walking to an intersection not far from his home where he was to be picked up by a neighbour and driven to school. A telephone call was made to the Thorne House at 9.20am demanding a ransom of £25,000. Graeme's body was discovered on a vacant block of land at Seaforth five weeks after the kidnapping. Australia's most famous kidnapping wasn't of a member of a rich and famous family. It was also Australia's first ever kidnapping. In fact, kidnapping was so unheard of in Australia that until it happened, the Crimes Act didn't even carry a provision for it! Australians believed that child kidnappings only happened on the other side of the world, not in Australia where kids could swim, fish and bushwalk in absolute safety and the only predators were the sharks. Yet due to the circumstances surrounding the case and the extraordinary scientific detection utilized for those archaic times, the Graeme Thorne kidnapping is arguably Australia's best-known crime and a crime that became famous around the world.
Graeme's killer was sentenced to life in prison; he died in prison in 1968.


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  • Created by: nettlyne
  • Added: 29 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70591955
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Graeme Frederick Hilton Thorne (18 Dec 1951–15 Jul 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70591955, citing Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia ; Maintained by nettlyne (contributor 47486944) .