Abe Saffron … Networker, deve-loper, most notorious crime figure


AUSTRALIA … migration nation but with some migrants, if they stayed back home, how much nicer Australia may well have been?

Abraham Gilbert Saffron (6 October 1919 – 15 September 2006) was an Australian hoteliernightclub owner and property developer 

Who was one of the major figures in organised crime in Australia in the latter half of the 20th century.[1]

Saffron was born in Annandale, New South Wales in 1919, of Russian Jewish descent. He was educated at Annandale and Leichhardt primary schools and at the highly prestigious Fort Street High School. Although his mother hoped he would become a doctor, Saffron left school at 15 and began his business career in the family’s drapery firm in the late 1930s.’


‘King of the Cross: Sydney crime boss Abe ‘Saffron’s secret friends and properties’

This story was first published on May 31, 2007.

‘Saffron was a NETWORKER extraordinaire. He had contacts in politics, business, the public service, local council, the immigration department and in the judiciary, all the way to the highest court in the land.

By the early ’70s, he had moved out of the day-to-day running of the clubs and brothels, instead taking ownership of the real estate in which they operated.’


‘Luna Park fire: The files that linked a Sydney underworld figure to a tragedy’

Updated March 16, 2021

‘At 10.15 on the night of June 9, 1979, flames engulfed the ghost train at Luna Park. Six children and one adult were killed.

Nearly 30 years later in 2007, award-winning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont revealed claims that Australia’s most notorious crime figure Abe Saffron was behind the deadly fire at the popular fun park on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

Over three stories, her investigation spoke exclusively with Saffron’s niece as well as families of the victims for their reaction to the claims.

She also obtained files gathered by a Sydney artist Martin Sharp, who had collected an extensive collection of documents.

Anne Buckingham, a niece of the late Abe Saffron, told McClymont: “I don’t think people were meant to be killed.”

The daughter of Saffron’s late sister and business partner Beryl Buckingham, also confirmed that – despite years of denials by Saffron – her uncle sought control of the fun park after the fire.

Saffron, who was linked to seven other blazes, was the subject of a later National Crime Authority investigation into the fires.’


Juanita Nielsen’s suspected murder brought Arthur King back to Kings Cross after his terrifying ordeal

ABE SAFFRON died in 2006 and no doubt the World is a better place without him … BUT are we seeing more like him now?  Networkers … deve-lopers … ?


‘Former NSW police officers claim Sydney underworld figure Abe Saffron orchestrated the Luna Park Ghost Train fire’