The Spottiswood Sewer Disaster

On this Day – April 12, 1895 Rush of Water in a Sewer Tunnel, Six Men Drowned. An accident occurred this evening in No. 1 section of the Hobson’s Bay main sewer, which is under about the center, of the River Yarra, and in Mr. A. J. Robb’s contract at Spottiswoode. The soil, which consists […]

One Dead, Many Injured in Victorian Rail Crash

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 On this day in 1952, a woman was killed and seven people were seriously injured when two passenger trains collided head on at Moriac, near Geelong, at 8:15pm. Both engines were derailed, and the first carriage of the Geelong-bound train was telescoped by the coal tender. The dead woman […]

Murder of Father

ON THIS DAY ……. 12th April 1942 MORDIALLOC Leslie Edward Mansfield, aged 15, said to his mother after he had shot his father twice in the dining room of their home in Mordialloc on this day in 1942, “Now go to sleep, mum, you will have some peace.” Mansfield was charged with murder to which […]

Train Driver Acquitted

ON THIS DAY……. 12th April 1952 Alberti Edward Quinlivan, 63 year-old driver of a train involved in a fatal collision at Moriac railway station on this day in 1952, was acquitted of a charge of manslaughter by a Jury in the Geelong Court. Mrs. Josephine Ethel Traynor aged 34, of Hawthorn East, died of injuries […]

Mystery Solved

On This Day ……. 12th April 1923 After remaining a mystery for more than, 30 years the solution of the method by which the convict Frederick Clark escaped, from Geelong gaol in 1889 has now been found. A larger brass key was discovered while prisoners were clearing the grounds of the Geelong Supreme Court. It […]

Falling Horse

On this day …….. 12th of April 1869 William Cook, said to be the best steeplechase rider in the colony was brought into Wahgunyah on this day in 1869 after being injured. Cook had been crushed by a falling horse at Urana Races. The 20 year old died from his injuries.  

Dead body on public display

On this day …….. 12th of April 1865 The notorious bushranger Dan Morgan was the centre of attention in Wangaratta on this day in 1865. In response to many request, his body was put on public display in one of the police cells. Someone took a fancy to Morgan’s bushy beard, and it was flayed […]