Case 167

Jai, Tyler & Bailey Farquharson

*** Content Warning: child victims, domestic abuse ***

In Australia, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of September and is typically a time for families to gather together and celebrate. But on Father’s Day in 2005, the small Victorian town of Winchelsea was rocked by news that a local man named Robert Farquharson had driven his three young sons – Jai, Tyler and Bailey – into a dam. Robert survived, but all three boys drowned.

Police quickly suspected that the incident was an intentional act of revenge by Robert against his ex-wife, Cindy Gambino. But others, including Cindy herself, were convinced it was nothing more than a tragic accident…



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On Father’s Day – Megan Norris

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial – Helen Garner



The Queen v Robert Donald William Farquharson

Guode v The Queen



Father wins backing of his daughter – and Victoria – The Age

Fond memories as town farewells three brothers – The Age

‘Dumbfounded’ dad to fight murder charges – The Age

Drowned brothers’ father takes lie detector test – The Age

Farquharson told pair it was too late to save boys, court told – The Age

‘Dad, we’re in water’ – The Age

Blackout behind car wheel likely: doctor – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dad didn’t call 000, court hears – The Herald Sun

Boys’ father refused to call for help – The Age

Tears for dead boys – The Herald Sun

Court told of plan to kill three sons – The Sydney Morning Herald

Farquharson jury retires to consider verdict – The Age

Dam deaths father granted bail – ABC News

Dad guilty of killing sons – The Age

Father found guilty of killing three sons – ABC News

In the name of the father, how could he? – The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian man kills his 3 young sons on Father’s Day – NY Daily News

What drives a dad to murder his sons? –

The kids are in the water -– The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Farquharson’s ex-wife Cindy Gambino seeks compensation over Father’s Day dam death of three sons – The Age

Cindy Gambino seeks to keep Robert Farquharson away from children after death – The Age

A mollycoddled, twisted loser: why Robert Farquharson killed his 3 sons – Mamamia

Dam mum Cindy Gambino’s court bid to stop ex Robert Farquharson being buried beside the sons he drowned on Father’s Day – The Herald Sun

When mums kill: Charge of infanticide an offence that divides the community – The Age

Why she broke – The Monthly

Akon Guode resentenced for killing her children by driving car into Wyndham Vale lake – ABC News


Remembering the Farquharson case – Victoria Police

Crimes that shook Australia – Robert Farquharson

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