Who Killed Hannah Jane?

Who Killed Hannah Jane? is a 1984 Australian television film about the murder conviction of Arthur Peden directed by Peter Fisk and starring Graham Rouse, June Salter, Judi Farr, Edward Howell, and Barry Otto.[1] It was the third of four telemovies called Verdict produced by the ABC dramatising real cases (the others being The Dean Case, The Amorous Dentist, and The Schippan Mystery).[2]

Who Killed Hannah Jane?
Directed byPeter Fisk
Produced byAlan Burke
Written byRobert Caswell
Based onnovel by Tom Molomby
StarringGraham Rouse
June Salter
Judi Farr
Edward Howell
Barry Otto
Release date
Running time
80 mins


Based on the 17 May 1921 murder of Gundagai resident, Hannah Jane Peden, and the subsequent June 1921 trial in Sydney, and conviction of her husband, Arthur Bryce Peden.[3][4] After an appeal, and based on the benefit of the doubt, Peden was released from Long Bay Gaol on 28 February 1922.[3]



  • book - Tom Molomby, Who killed Hannah Jane (1981)[5]
  • article - D.J. Pounder, The Peden case: an Australian forensic disaster. The Medical Journal of Australia, v.153, no.11-12, (December 3–17, 1990), p. 712-715.[3][6]


  1. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p164
  2. ^ "Waters and Thornton to star in new Crawford mini-series". The Canberra Times. 57 (17, 158). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 19 September 1982. p. 13. Retrieved 12 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b c "The Peden case: an Australian forensic disaster" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ Porter, Chester; Qc, Chester Porter (April 2009). The Conviction of the Innocent: How the Law Can Let Us Down. ReadHowYouWant.com. ISBN 9781442958418.
  5. ^ Molomby, Tom (1981). Who killed Hannah Jane. Sydney: Potoroo Press. ISBN 9780949764010.
  6. ^ "The Peden Case: An Australian Disaster". Centre for Suicide Prevention. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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