Mental weakness of a Celestial

ON THIS DAY…… 24th October 1902 A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a […]

Lunatic Asylum Opens – Beechworth

On this day …….. 24th of October 1867 On this day in 1867, Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum opened in Beechworth, North East Victoria. The first patients were transferred from the Beechworth Gaol under the control of Superintendent Dr Dick. The Beechworth asylum was one of three large Lunatic Asylums built in Victoria.  

Murder of Girl Denied

ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1944   Intercepting a seven-year-old girl on her way home from school on October 24, Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, processor, took her into the lounge of his house and there attacked her with the jagged end of an exploded mortar bomb, the Crown Prosecutor (Mr. Sproule. K.C.) […]

Mother Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1934 Mrs Ena McKenzie, 38, who allegedly who drowned her three children in the sea at Cowes on October 24. was to-day acquitted by the Criminal Court of a charge of murder on the grounds of insanity. Evidence was given that Mrs McKenzie had a distressing line of hardship, […]

5th Prime Minister of Australia runs over a cyclist – Launceston

On this day …….. 24th of October 1937 Joseph Lyons 5th Prime Minster of Australia, on this day in 1937, knocked down and slightly injured a cyclist in High-street, Launceston, Tasmania. Mr Lyons offered to drive the man home, but he refused, saying, that the Prime Minister had a lot ahead that day. However the […]

Centenarian’s Death – Middle Park

On this day …….. 23rd of October 1929 Mrs. Ellen Bell, who had resided in Australia for 75 years, died on this day in 1929 at her daughter’s residence at Middle Park, Victoria aged 103. For the greater part of the 71 years she lived near Kyneton.  

Chemist Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 23, 1918 HAWTHORN CHEMIST AND MURDER CHARGE Arthur William Allwright, an assistant chemist, was committed for trial by the Melbourne city coroner (Dr. R. H. Cole) on November 28, on a charge of the wilful murder of George Simpson, aged 59 years, of 120 Manningtree road, Hawthorn. Evidence was given […]

Member of the infamous gang – Bourke Street Rats arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd October 1904 Percy Ramage, whoso frequent branches of gaol discipline brought him into notoriety while serving a sentence for a serious assault upon Constable Luke in Melbourne some years ago, was liberated from Pentridge gaol, on this day in 1904, and arrived in Geelong by steamer. Shortly after his arrival the […]

Murder of Baby Alleged

On This Day – October 23, 1969 A 30-year-old woman broke down and cried when she was committed for trial at the Coroner’s Court to day for the murder of her six-months-old baby.  Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, committed Mrs Patricia Louise Coolen. of Pembroke Road, Mooroolbark, to appear in the Supreme Court on March […]

The Warrnambool Murder

, On This Day – October 23, 1897 The inquest concerning the death of Mrs, Lyfield, whose body was found in the Merri River on October 23, was concluded at Warrnambool on Tuesday. Henry Lyfield, husband of the deceased, was present in custody. Mrs. Snell, daughter of Lyfield, re-examined, gave important evidence. She said that […]

First traffic lights in Canberra

On this day …….. 23rd of October 1965 Canberra’s first two sets of traffic lights were brought into operation on 23 October 1965. The Canberra lights were located at the junction of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit, and Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street.  

Airman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – October 22, 1947   An R.A.A.F sergeant. Ronald Joseph Cox (21), of East Sale, was charged at Sale yesterday with unlawfully killing at Lake King on October 22, Olive Mabel Gee, Anne Mason and Herbert Salton. Detective B. Long said Cox was the pilot of an R.A.A.F. crash launch on Lake […]