The Carlton Crew

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The Carlton Crew
Founding locationCarlton
Years active1970s−Present
TerritoryVarious neighborhoods in Melbourne
EthnicityMainly people of Italian ancestry
Membership50-100 associates (2000s)
Criminal activitiesRacketeering, murder, illegal gambling, extortion, fraud, pimping, money laundering, loan sharking, drug trafficking, bribery
AlliesMoran and Pettingill families, Radev Bratva
RivalsWilliams Syndicate, Honoured Society

The Carlton Crew is a criminal organisation based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was formed in the late 1970s by Painters and Dockers Union's enforcers and independent racketeers and named after the Melbourne suburb in which it is based, Lygon Street, Carlton, commonly called "Little Italy". The organisation was a fierce rival to the Honoured Society and the Calabrese Family, both of which were Calabrian 'Ndrangheta groups also based in Melbourne, and were additionally allies of the mostly Irish Moran family. The Carlton Crew had a strong role in the infamous Melbourne gangland killings.


The Carlton Crew included convicted criminals, Mick Gatto, Alphonse Gangitano, Mario Condello and Ron Bongetti,and Graham Kinniburgh .[1] Gangitano was arrested several times for minor offences in the late 1970s and early 1980s while building a reputation as "The Black Prince of Lygon Street". Gangitano recruited a score of thugs mainly of Italian origin, who installed jukeboxes and vending machines in local bars and nightclubs under the threat of violence, then reinvested their profits in drug trafficking.[citation needed]

In 1995 Melbourne police suspected Gangitano of two murders, of small-time crook Greg Workman (killed at Wando Grove, St Kilda East, while celebrating a friend's release from prison) and prostitute Deborah Boundy (whose clients included Carlton Crew hitman Christopher Dale Flannery). Boundy was scheduled to testify in court, but died before the trial from a self-inflicted shot of undiluted heroin believed to have been supplied by Gangitano.

On 15 July 1995, Gangitano engaged in a wild melee with Jason Moran at a Melbourne nightclub. Prosecutors were still debating various charges against him when Gangitano's wife found him dead in the laundry room of their Templestowe home on 16 January 1998; he had been shot several times in the head.

Mick Gatto succeeded Gangitano as head of the group. In June 1999 he was charged with deception for placing 39 bets with a bookie under the pseudonym ('Mick Delgado'). In February 2002 a Royal Commission investigated Gatto on suspicion of accepting A$250,000 to 'mediate' labour disputes with the Australian Workers' Union.

On 13 December 2003 Kinniburgh was murdered outside his home in Kew when he was coming back from the shop getting chocolate ice cream.

Carlton Crew member Mario Condello had a record of convictions for arson, fraud, and drug trafficking. Police also suspected him for multiple murders. In 2005 he was charged with plotting to murder crime boss Carl Williams, who also faced charges of scheming to ambush Condello. A trial for that case was pending when unknown gunmen murdered Condello outside his Brighton home on 6 February 2006.[2] About 700 people attended his funeral, with Mick Gatto serving as a pallbearer.[3]

Notable members[edit]

  • 1982-1998 – Alphonse Gangitano – murdered in 1998.
  • 1980-2004 – Mick Gatto – arrested in 2004, retired
  • 1981-2006 – Mario Condello – arrested in 2005, murdered in 2006.
  • 1980s-2005 - Ron Bongetti - died of natural causes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Melbourne Crime, 2008, "Alphonse John Gangitano". Accessed 13 March 2008 Archived January 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ John Silvester, Chris Evans (7 February 2006). "Condello gunned down in Brighton". The Age. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Hundreds say goodbye to 'a man among men'". The Age. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  • Newton, Michael (2007). Gangsters Encyclopedia. The World's Most Notorious Mobs, Gangs and Villains, Collins & Brown (C&B)