Infant Strangled

On This Day – April 1, 1938 Verdict of Murder. At the Inquest, conducted by the deputy coroner (Mr, G. Moore) to-day, concerning the death of a newly born male child, whose body was found on the property of Devonshire Sands Ltd., at Long Gully on April 1, police evidence revealed that a piece of […]

Turnkey Catherine Smith

On This Day ……. 1st April 1854 On the 1st April 1854, Catherine Smith, female turnkey of the Geelong gaol, described a lunatic prison Ann Connelly. The Prisoner was rather violent and was very dirty in her habits, and required attendance as a child. She has been obliged to keep her bed from dysentery, and […]

Last Man Flogged

On This Day……… 1st April 1958 On this day in 1958, William O’Mealley, become the last man to be legally flogged in Australia. This would happen in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne.    

All Fools Day Joke

On This Day……… 1st April 1873 Creswick A great All Fools Day Joke was played by some wags at Creswick, on this day in 1873. It appears that in the shire a licence fee of £25 was imposed, which some 15 or 20 publicans refused to pay, and fines for selling without a licence applied. […]

April Fools Day in Melbourne

On This Day……… 1st April 1927 A novel hoax was played in Melbourne, Victoria on April Fools Day 1927, when a well padded wallet was nailed to the roadway opposite Spencer street Station. Many thousands of people hurrying on their way to work passed it, with some even trying to pick it up. All failed, […]

All Fools Day 1860

On This Day……… 1st April 1860 Celebrating ancient festivals came easily to new gold rush settlements. Chiltern in North East Victoria, was only a few months old when April Fools Day came around in 1860, but did they forget their ancient customs? Unfortunate doctors and lawyers, whose sleep was disturbed by midnight calls to attend […]

Western Australian Independence

On This Day……… April 1933 In April 1933, 68 per cent of West Australians voted in favour of seceding from the Commonwealth of Australia. However, they needed permission from the British Parliament before they could officially become a new country. Meanwhile, Australia’s Federal Parliament under Prime Minister Joseph Lyons was arguing that Britain should not […]

A Sad Case

ON THIS DAY …….. 1st April 1901 HEALESVILLE Catherine and Hester Brown, mother and daughter, were charged with the murder of a newly-born male child on this day in 1901, at Healesville. Hester Brown, in a statement made to the police, and which was read in court, admitted having given birth to an illegitimate male […]