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James Beaney, aka Diamond Jim, aka Champagne Jimmy, was a prominent surgeon at Melbourne Hospital from 1860 - 1891. He pushed the envelope in many ways and lived an exceptionally extravagant lifestyle. He operated adorned with rings boasting his diamonds and rubies. He served champagne at his operations and drank a significant amount himself. Where the Louis Vuitton showroom is today on Collins street - that used to be his super lavish residence and, at times, private surgery. The medical community was not fond of Beaney and thought he was crass and egotistical. It's a wild story and even involves him on trial for murder.

Playlist for Mystifying Melbourne – 8 April 2022
  • VaLa Femme
  • That Summer FeelingJonathon Richman
  • DarknessLeonard Cohen
  • Lord Knows Best Dirty Beaches
  • Idiot PrayerNick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Lazy Eyes and DuneLa Luz
  • HospitalThe Modern Lovers
  • DomainJohn Carpenter
  • Diamonds Are a Girl's Best FriendMarilyn Monroe
  • Feeling Good - Bassnectar remixNina Simone, Bassnectar
  • My Own Version of You (My Rough & Rowdy Ways)Bob Dylan

About this program

A penchant for the weird and mysterious? Spooky and unusual? Tune in to Mystifying Melbourne, a show dedicated to exploring the more quirky and oft-overlooked aspects of Melbourne/VIC.