Ethel Belshaw – 75 Years Later

On This Day ……. 1st January 2010 On the seventh-fifth anniversary of the murder of Ethel Belshaw, Leongatha newspaper ‘’’The Great Southern Star’’’ published an interview with Maureen Lewis (née Keighery) who was the Soderman’s neighbour in 1935. Maureen was with the Sodeman family on the same day Arnold brutally murdered 12-year-old Ethel Belshaw in […]


ON THIS DAY – December 31, 1914 Inquiries into the death of Lucy Gorman, who was found dead in her bedroom at Johnson street, Richmond on Thursday afternoon, were continued yesterday by Detectives Kiely and Smythe, and from what has been learned it is believed that the tragedy was the result of a drunken brawl early in the […]

Alleged Child Murder

On This Day – December 31, 1912 The mystery concerning the body of a child at Lake Guthridge on December 31 was cleared up today when Sergeant Neill and Constable McCorkell arrested a young woman, aged 23 years, named Violet Daisy Jane Elizabeth Guy at the Turf Hotel this morning on a charge of wilful […]

Strange Twins

On this day …….. 31st of December 1923 On this day in Vienna, twins were registered as having been born in different years. The first was born on December 31st, 1892 the second on 1st January 1893. A curious result is that, as they both happened to be boys, they will have to do their […]

Prisoner Transfer

ON THIS DAY……31st December 1904 The Penal department transferred five prisoners from the Melbourne gaols to the Geelong gaol, to complete their sentences. Contrary to tho general rule, they were not all of the halt, lame or blind brigade and a larger escort of three constables was, therefore, required.  


On this day …….. 31st of December 1790 The First Fleet, containing the officers and convicts who would first settle Australia, arrived in Botany Bay on the 18th of January 1788. The colony’s Governor, Captain Arthur Phillip, immediately determined that there was insufficient fresh water, an absence of usable timber, poor quality soil and no […]

Ned Kelly Tattoo

If you have a Ned Kelly tattoo you are more likely to die violently Depending on how you interpret the forensic data, wearing a Ned Kelly tattoo can be very dangerous. A study from the University of Adelaide found that corpses with Ned Kelly tattoos were much more likely to have died by murder and […]

One Way Lifts

In 1887, Melbourne became the fourth city in the world to build power hydraulic lifts. When directors of the Australian Provincial Assurance Association (including future Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin), inspected the hydraulic lift in the new APA building on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane, Melbourne in 1889, for the first time […]

Clugston Murder

ON THIS DAY – December 30, 1910 The inquest into the circumstances attending the tragedy which took place at Cosgrove on 30th December, when Mrs. Clugston killed two of her children and wounded two others, and then attempted suicide. John Thomas Clugston said he was on good terms with his wife, and was kind, to […]

The Sandhurst Murder

ON THIS DAY – December 30, 1877 A most horrible murder happened in Sandhurst on this day in 1877, by a man named James Windrum, in High-street. The victim was Maud Crutchly, aged 25. It appeared that the woman was married, but at times cohabiting with Windrum and his daughter when her husband was away […]


ON THIS DAY – December 30, 1908 A small wooden box containing the body of a newly born male infant was found on a vacant allotment in William-street, Melbourne on this day in 1908 by a boy. A postmortem examinations of the body showed that a piece of the towelling, which was tied tightly round […]