Freak Accident

On this day ……… 31st of March 1909 A young man named Albert Rodgers, aged 18 years, suffered a serious accident on this day in 1909. Rodgers who was working at the corner of Victoria rd and Clarendon st., in South Melbourne, was hit on the head when a brick fell a distance of about […]

Victorian Governor – Lord Brassey

On this day ……… 31st of March 1897 Rutherglen in North East Victoria played host to the Victorian Governor Lord Brassey, who opened the district’s new Viticulture Collage. The college had been the dream of the. Rutherglen vigneron a since the 1880s. They proposed the building of an institution which could carry out practical experiments […]

6 Years’ Gaol for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1949 WARRAGUL Steven Kelly, 46, farm labourer, of Warragul, who had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John Thomas Bateson, 74, pensioner, at Warragul, on March 31, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice O’Bryan in the Criminal Court. His Honour described Kelly’s crime as dreadful, but […]

Platform No.3, Flinders-street Station

On this day ……… 31st of March 1917 Accident was caused on platform No.3, at Flinders-street station on this day in 1917. When the 12.52 pm, train arrived several people were struck and knocked down by an open door of a compartment of the incoming train from Camberwell. The names of the people struck by […]

Veteran of Waterloo

On this day ……… 31st of March 1855 An interesting character turned up in Beechworth, on this day in 1855, needing assistance. His name was Thomas Allen, a veteran of Waterloo, where he had been wounded. Allen had also been at Ballarat during the Eureka uprising, his tent had been burnt, and he had lost […]

Governor Paterson to Melbourne Gaol

ON This Day – 31st March 1908 It was arranged by the Penal authorities, that Mr. R. Paterson, governor of the Geelong gaol, shall take over, the charge of the Melbourne Gaol on this day in 1908. He return to Geelong in the evening, and hand over the care of the Geelong gaol to Mr […]

Sequel to a Street Brawl

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1918 MELBOURNE At an inquiry regarding the death of Albert Greaves (28) in the Melbourne Hospital on March 31 as the result of injuries to his head, the Coroner committed James Gibson for trial on a charge of manslaughter. It is alleged that in the course of an altercation […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

Swallowed False Teeth

On this day ……… 31st of March 1908 Mrs. Jane Barwick, aged 40 years of North Brighton, Melbourne accidentally swallowed a plate containing 13 false teeth while drinking some broth for dinner on this day in 1908. A medical man ordered her removal to the Melbourne Hospital, where her neck was sliced open to have […]

Murder Suspected – Woman’s Dissected Limbs Found

On this day ……… 30th of March 1937 Murder is suspected following the finding in the Yarra, Melbourne on this day in 1937, of two legs and two arms, severed from a human body, evidently that of a woman. The dissected limbs were in an untied sugar bag. The legs were cut off at the […]

Breaking into a Store

On This Day – 30th March 1897 Three boys named Bertrand Williams aged 15 years, Daniel M’Keegan aged 14 years, and Alfred Bernard Stubley aged 12 years, were charged with having on the 24th of March, feloniously broken into the shop of John C. Cox, in Pakington-street, Geelong West, and stolen therefrom a sum of […]

King Alfred’s Skeleton

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1891 Workmen on the railway to Mansfield, under construction at the time, unearthed a skeleton. No one was quite sure who it was but locals thought it was probably King Alfred, an aboriginal tribal leader who had been elevated to regional status by the early landholders in the area. […]