Graham Kinniburgh

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Graham Kinniburgh
Graham Allen Kinniburgh

20 October 1942 (1942-10-20)
Died13 December 2003 (2003-12-14) (aged 61)
Other namesThe Munster
AllegianceThe Carlton Crew

Graham Allen Kinniburgh (20 October 1942 – 13 December 2003)[1] was an Australian organised crime figure from Kew, a suburb of Melbourne, who became a victim of the Melbourne gangland killings later dramatised in the drama series Underbelly.

Early life[edit]

Kinniburgh's criminal record consisted of charges of wounding with intent to cause murder, escaping legal custody, dishonesty, racketeering, extortion, bribery, possession of firearms, escape, resisting arrest and assaulting police.[citation needed] Kinniburgh met with members of the Moran family while working on Melbourne's waterside. A former member of the notorious Painters and Dockers, Kinniburgh was considered Melbourne's "Mr Big" and one of the most influential gangsters in Australia.


Kinniburgh garnered notoriety for his role in the Melbourne gangland killings. On 13 December 2003, Kinniburgh himself was murdered outside his home in Kew on Belmont Avenue. Two members of a rival criminal gang, or a two-man operation, was suspected of involvement in his death; Carl Williams was questioned, and Andrew Veniamin was treated as a suspect. In 2004, Mick Gatto claimed that Veniamin had implicated himself in Kinniburgh's death prior to himself being killed, but it was later shown that Veniamin had been on the other side of town at the time of the murder. This was deduced by tracking his mobile phone at the time of the murder. However, this in turn has been disputed as a case of the mobile phone and not Veniamin having an alibi. If Veniamin had been one of the two gunmen who killed Kinniburgh, then the identity of the other has never been established.

In November 2015, police charged Stephen John Asling with Kinniburgh's murder, who has, subsequently, been committed to trial for the offence.[2] On Saturday, 18 March 2017, Asling was found guilty of Kinniburgh's murder.[3][4][5]

Alphonse Gangitano murder[edit]

Kinniburgh was a long-term associate of Alphonse Gangitano. On 16 January 1998, Kinniburgh had been drinking with associate, Lou Cozzo, at the Laurel Hotel in Ascot Vale before driving to the home of Alphonse Gangitano.

Kinniburgh left the house shortly after 11 pm to purchase cigarettes from a local store. Upon his return 30 minutes later, Kinniburgh found Gangitano had been shot several times to the head. Gangitano's de facto wife, Virginia, was with the body of her husband who had died in the laundry. Kinniburgh adopted a code of silence, frustrating police investigating the murder. Evidence was presented at an inquest that showed both Kinniburgh and Jason Moran were at the home of Gangitano on the night of his murder.[citation needed] Both were exempted from giving evidence at the inquest on the grounds their evidence may incriminate them. Kinniburgh's blood was discovered at the murder scene and a witness had seen Moran leaving Gangitano's house.[citation needed]

In television[edit]

In the drama series Underbelly he is portrayed by actor Gerard Kennedy and also reprises his role in the 2014 direct sequel Fat Tony & Co..

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Graham Allan KinniburghMelbourne General Cemetery Grave Location Search. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ Ferrier, Stephanie (6 July 2016). "Man committed to stand trial for gangland figure Kinniburgh's murder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC Online. ABC. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ Cooper, Adam (18 March 2017). "Underworld gunman guilty of $150,000 murder of Graham 'The Munster' Kinniburgh". The Age. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ Cooper, Adam (21 March 2017). "Murder Uncovered's Carl Williams report delayed by Stephen Asling's gangland murder trial". The Age. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ Knox, David (20 March 2017). "Murder Uncovered episode delayed again". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 March 2017.

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