Execution of George Pinkerton

EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 4, 1853 Shortly after eight o’clock, the extreme sentence of the law was carried into effect upon George Whitfield Pinkerton, the murderer of the unfortunate Mrs Smith and infant at Brighton, the particulars of which must fresh in the recollection of our readers. From the moment of Pinkerton’s condemnation, the […]

Condition of Will

On This Day……… 4th April 1942 On this day in 1942 a Sydney, New South Wales, woman left her husband one shilling in her will on condition that he buy a rope with it and hang himself.    

Guilty of Betting

On This Day ……. 4th April 1911 At the Geelong City Court John Robertson pleaded guilty to betting in Moorabool street, Geelong on the 1st of April 1911, and was sentenced to two months imprisonment at the local Gaol.  

Manslaughter Verdict in Beck Case

ON THIS DAY – April 4, 1954 BENDIGO After finding a 31-year-old mother of four children not guilty of murdering her husband, a Bendigo Supreme Court jury decided that she was guilty of manslaughter. The woman, Mrs. Dorothy Beck, of Bendigo, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Mrs. Beck had pleaded not guilty to the […]

Murder of Innocents

ON THIS DAY – April 4, 1917 “GRAVE AND TERRIBLE DISORDER.” Sentence of death was passed this afternoon in the Criminal Court by the Chief Justice (Sir John Madden) upon Clarence Victor Sefton, who had been found guilty on a charge of child murder. The victim, an infant, one month old, was the illegitimate child […]

Dam Burst

On This Day……… 4th April 1929 Early in April 1929, heavy rainfalls of 450mm saturated the catchment above the Briseis Dam, in Tasmania. On the 4th of April 1929, another 125mm was dumped in the space of an hour and a half. The deluge broke the dam, sending a wall of water down into the […]

Hanging Will

On This Day……… 4th April 1942 On this day in 1942 a Sydney, New South Wales, woman left her husband one shilling in her will on condition that he buy a rope with it and hang himself.