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The Griffith Wars : The powerful true story of Donald Mackay's murder and the town that stood up to the Mafia - Tom Gilling

The Griffith Wars

The powerful true story of Donald Mackay's murder and the town that stood up to the Mafia

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The story behind the murder that shocked a nation.

The assassination of Donald Mackay was meant to solve a problem for the mafia. Instead it roused the law-abiding citizens of Griffith to fight against the powerful criminal elements who had made their town synonymous with drugs and murder.

Drawing on the personal diaries and memories of Terry Jones - who, as the editor of the local newspaper, knew everyone and heard everything - The Griffith Wars reveals startling new evidence about one of Australia's most notorious unsolved murders. It also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town still battling to shake off its criminal past.

About the Author

Tom Gilling's acclaimed novels, The Sooterkin, Miles McGinty and Dreamland have all been published in Australia, as well as in London and New York. His is co-author with Clive Small of the highly successful Smack Express, Blood Money, Evil Life and The Dark Side.

Terry Jones was a friend of Donald Mackay, a long-time resident of Griffith and editor of The Area News and The Griffith Times. His diaries form the basis of this book.

Useful research tool.


Useful as a historical/research tool, without having to delve into old editions of newspapers and other material relevant to the time of the events referred to. Interesting insight into some of the political figures of the day, especially Al. Grasby, who, much as I have long suspected, isn't portrayed as smelling like a bunch of roses, rather, as having the odious smell of foul, rotting fish. Having long known Terry Jones, I was interested to learn of his involvement with many of the characters involved in the rather appalling goings on in Griffith and the shenanigans of both the police and politicians of that era. Very interesting insight into how many were involved and how they reacted/performed, or were, finally, forced , at least, to take steps to deal with some of the issues, not that I imagine, for one moment, some of these things, or those allied to them, aren't still occurring, both in Griffith and across Australia.

Ex Bathurst, NSW.


A gripping account of the power of the Calabrian Mafia


An excellent history of the events in Griffith

Gilmore ACT



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1. Aussie Bob takes a punt

2. Guns and godfathers

3. A new crop

4. Boom town

5. Shame

6. Coleambally drug bust

7. Mackay has to go

8. They've killed Don

9. Follow the money

10. A clairvoyant and a royal commission

11. Another body

12. Mr Asia

13. Special tomatoes

14. Aussie Bob on the run

15. Bodies in the river

16. Aussie Bob: dead or alive?

17. Parrington pays

18. Cops and crops

19. Witness X

10. Blackmail


ISBN: 9781760295912
ISBN-10: 1760295914
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46

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