“I can only die once,” Natalla Habbibulla said in his death cell when told his life would not be spared for the murder of his wife at their Bristol Street home in Adelaide.

He went calmly and unperturbed to the gallows on Friday, November 16th, 1906. That was in stark contrast to the hangman, a prison officer who became so nervous and twitchy that he had to have help in tying the condemned man’s hands and legs.