The Escape of Estelle Williams
18 year old Estelle Williams escaped from Fremantle Prison in September 1931. One month into a five month sentence for vagrancy, she climbed onto the roof of a building in the Women's Prison, clambered over the perimeter wall and jumped 10 feet to the ground. She was sighted running along High St before disappearing into bush land.
As two policemen passed a Northbridge lane where her prison clothing was found the day before, two other men emerged. One was recognised as an associate of Estelle's, whilst the fine clothes the other man wore drew the attention of the police officers.
They soon realised the second man was in fact Estelle, who upon recognition fled back up the lane. The police gave chase, and Estelle was caught just as she emerged on to Pier Street, her companion evading capture. She was returned to Fremantle Prison the next morning.