Estelle Blackburn is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who spent six years researching and writing the book Broken Lives, published in 1998.
Estelle's self-funded work exposed an injustice which led to the 2002 and 2005 exonerations of two men convicted of Perth killings in the '60s - the longest-standing convictions to be overturned in Australia. Her unfunded, determined sleuthing unearthed fresh evidence that prompted the Attorney General to allow the men new appeals after they had lost a combined total of seven Appeals in the '60s.
Coming across the story by chance and persisting with it has turned Estelle's life around. From a journalism career with The West Australian, the ABC and the Government Media Office, Estelle has become a crusader for justice.
Estelle's latest book The End of Innocence tells her story of the years of research and writing Broken Lives, and was launched at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2007.
Her work for justice has won Estelle an array of awards including an Order of Australia Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours List, for community service through investigative journalism, a Churchill Fellowship, the prestigious national Walkley Award for the greatest contribution to the profession, and the Perth Press Club Award for sustained excellence in journalism.
Estelle has been included in the 25 Most Outstanding Western Australians, and won Western Australia's Woman of the Year. She has been the subject of three one-hour episodes of the ABC's Australian Story televised in 1998, 2002 and 2007, a 60 Minutes segment and an episode on the US Forensic Files program titled 'Dueling Confessions'.
Excellent speaker. It is not often that you can keep audiences enthralled and attentive for the entire duration of their presentation. Estelle did this and more. She spoke for the require ... keep readingd 35 minutes and you could have heard a pin drop until the spontaneous applause at the end of her speech. The Professionals Real Estate Group
We received excellent feeback on Estelle's presentation at the launch of the Australian Corporate lawyer's Awards from both our partners and the guests who attended. Estelle's enthusiasm and commitment were obvious throughout her excellent presentation.
Your passion, perseverance and determination were motivational for all who attended. The feedback from administrators has been very positive and many expressed amazement at your story and the commitment that you have shown to a cause which is quite clearly close to your heart. Once again thank you for an outstanding presentation.
Estelle captivated the audience for the full length of her presentation. Estelle has a great story to tell and is well skilled at presenting it in an entertaining and engaging manner. The feedback received from the event organisers was positive. Many were amazed at her perserverence and determination to succeed at her quest. Thank you for an outstanding presentation.