Struck a Female Prisoner

On This Day – 29th February 1868 Convict Bridget McMahon was charged with striking a fellow female prisoner at the Geelong Gaol. McMahon was charge by the female turnkey Murphy, and was given 3 days bread and water.    

Noisy Prisoner

On This Day – 29th February 1864 Convict John Yates was charged with making a noise in his cell, on this day in 1864. Yates was charge by the overseer of work at the Geelong Gaol, and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.    

Fighting in Gaol

On This Day – 29th February 1864 Convicts John Sullivan and Williams James were charged with fighting at Geelong Gaol on this day in 1864. Both men were charge by turnkey Bourke. Sullivan was given 21 days and James was given 7 days in solitary confinement on bread and water.    

Mysterious Animal

On this day ………… 29th February 1934 An intensive search by armed horsemen started on this day in 1934, for a mystery animal, which has been terrorising the mountain districts between Bright and Yackandandah, in North East Victoria, proved fruitless. The marauder made its last appearance near Myrtleford. The townspeople are alarmed and declare that […]

Assisted to Escape Pentridge Gaol

On this day ………… 29th February 1932 Detectives made inquiries into the incident have ascertained that another youthful prisoner assisted Reginald James Barker (18 years) in his daring attempt to escape from the Pentride Gaol at Coburg, Melbourne on this day in 1932. It Is understood that this youth, will probably be charged with having […]

Leap Year

On this day ………… 29th February February is the shortest month in the Gregorian calendar, and the only month with 28 days. February has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four, except for years that are divisible by 100 and not by 400. January and February were the last […]

Execution of Alexander Davis

EXECUTED THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1864 The strict arm of the law was carried into effect on this day in 1864, on Alexander Davis, who was found “Guilty” in the Circuit Court of the murder of George Sims, at Smythesdale, on the 31st May, 1863. The hour of execution was fixed for 9am, and […]

Australia’s First Television Celebrity Chef Murdered

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1976 A notorious thug, now dead, is believed by Victorian police to be responsible for the disappearance of Australia’s first television celebrity chef. (who appeared on Channel Seven’s The Chef Presents) But detectives believe that there are still people alive that can provide them with information. Willi Koeppen, father […]

Squizzy Taylor on Trial for Murder

ON THIS DAY – February 29, 1916 Leslie Taylor, aged 27 years, and John Williamson aged 42 years, were both charged in the city court with having murdered on the 29th of February 1916, William Patrick Haines. Detective Glugston, stated, that on February 28 a telephone message was received by the Globe Motor taxi Company […]

The Trial of the Geary’s

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1854 The trial of Patrick and Margaret Geary for the murder of a shepherd in 1854, was commenced at the Old Court House, Melbourne. Mr Adamson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, and Messrs Molesworth and Sirr represented the prisoners respectively. The presiding judge was his Honour Mr Justice […]

Murder of Kade Hall

ON THIS DAY – February 28, 2002 Kade Hall was last seen in Croydon around 10pm on the 28th of February 2002, before being picked up by an unknown person. Hall received a call from a pay phone outside Mooroolbark KFC at 10.10pm. Hall was shot and dumped on the side of Mt Dandenong Tourist […]

Father Kills Three Children

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1892 Arthur Pattison, a farmer at Caniambo in North East Victoria was charged with the murder of his three children. In February 1892 Pattison, massacred his three young children, Arthur aged five, Florence aged six, and Margaret, aged eight, whilst they lay in bed. The instrument used was an […]