Inquest of Joseph Hurst

On This Day – 31 Jan 1897 An inquest was held on the body of Joseph Hurst, who it was supposed to have been murdered by his wife at Kilmore on this day in 1897. The accused denies that she committed the deed. Medical testimony is to the effect that there is a wound an […]

Last Men to be Sentenced to Death in Victoria

On This Day – January 31, 1971 Christopher Lowery and Charles King, were charged with the brutal murder of a 15 year old school girl, Rosalyn Nolte, in Hamilton, Western Victoria. On this day in 1971, Lowery and King were driving down Gray Street, Hamilton’s main street, in Lowery’s Holden panel van, when they stopped […]

Dead Man’s Identity

ON THIS DAY – January 31, 1931 Relatives or any person knowing the identity of the man who died on January 31 in a lodging-house in Palmer street, Fitzroy, were asked to communicate with Senior Detective Bell or Detective McKenna at police headquarters. It is alleged that the man died after having been struck by […]

Murder By Robbery

On This Day – January 31, 1937 Rupert Osborne Davies aged 28, store man, and William John Cody aged 24, labourer, were sentenced to death for the murder of James Edward Scriven, a Titles Office messenger. Scriven who was shot on the 31st of January, 1930, when escorting a clerk who was taking money to […]

A Mad Carpenter

ON THIS DAY – January 31, 1906 Francis Vernon Lichfield, a carpenter, whose mind had been affected for sometime, suddenly became demented, and tried to shoot his wife and son with a revolver. Mrs. Lichfield rushed him and took the weapon away, but Lichfield produced another, and his wife and son ran away. The husband […]

Death of Oliver

ON THIS DAY…… 31st January 1934 On this day in 1934, Prisoner Archibald Oliver, aged 71 years, died in the hospital ward. The death was reported to the deputy coroner.    

Goanna Kills Wombat!

On this day …….. 31st of January 1932 A story of a remarkable combat between a goanna and a wombat is related by eye-witnesses who were on a holidaying at Kangaroo Valley. The fight commenced on a hill side, and the goanna gradually worked the wombat to a hole in a creek at the bottom […]

Killed by Lightning

On this day …….. 31st of January 1953 Keith Murray Hoyes, 27, a married man living with his wife on his father’s dairy form of Cooma, near Kyabram, was killed by lightning on this day in 1953. When a severe thunderstorm struck the district at about 4.30 p.m., Hayes, who had been doing irrigating work, […]

First Town Clock

On this day …….. 31st of January 1798 Governor John Hunter was Governor of New South Wales from 1795 to 1800. Present on the First Fleet, and instrumental in the development of the colonies in both Sydney and Norfolk Island, Hunter succeeded Australia’s first Governor, Arthur Phillip on the 11th of September 1795. Hunter experienced […]

The $1000 Stamps

The 30 cent stamps worth more than $1000 Collectors are scrambling to get their hands on a limited release of Australian 30 cent stamps which are now fetching more than $1000 online. The collection of stamps was released earlier this month in response to a rise in standard postage costs from 70 cents to $1, […]

Exorcism at Antwerp

On This Day – January 30, 1993 A shocking exorcist took place this day in 1993, at a Antwerp pig farm in Western Victoria. Leanne Reichenbach and David Klingner, were convicted of the manslaughter of Mrs Vollmer. Her husband Ralph was also convicted of recklessly causing her injury and false imprisonment and the self-proclaimed exorcist, […]

An Insane Husband

ON THIS DAY – January 30, 1990 An 81-year-old Melbourne man who suffered delusions that he was to be put in a nursing home pleaded guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court to murdering his wife of 55 years. Prosecutor Michael Hugh-Jones said James Lambie stabbed his 72-year-old wife, Rita, numerous times with a kitchen knife […]