Love and larceny
All For Love: Part One
Like many teenagers, fresh-faced 19-year-old Edna Lindsay fell in love with a most unsuitable young man – in her case, a dance hall lounger. In the 1920s, flappers like Edna flocked to Sydney’s dance establishments, where talented male dancers were highly desired as partners. Cecil Ernest Smith danced with passion and flair, and Edna was soon head over heels. Cecil dreamed of making a living from dance, and the pair decided they would run away from her disapproving parents, get married and take the nation by storm with their slick routines. They just needed one thing – money. The couple decided to steal 310 pounds from Edna’s employer by forging a signature on a cheque. When Edna presented the cheque, bank staff became suspicious and the police were called. In court, the magistrate gave Edna some fatherly advice, telling her that ‘Dancing was not everything in life’.1 She was given the equivalent of a good behaviour bond.
- 1. The Sun (Sydney), 17 April 1929, p10.