Death of William Firth

On This Day ……. 18th April 1900 An old man named William Firth, aged 72, who was serving a sentence of six months for vagrancy, died at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1900. A magisterial enquiry was held by Mr P. Smyth, J.P., when the medical evidence showed that death was due to […]

Apprentices Returned to Vessel

On This Day ……. 17th April 1923 An application was made on this day in 1923 by Captain Umfeldje, of the Danish Government barque Sterna, to have the 13 apprentices released from the Geelong gaol, where they had been confined for a week having been sentenced to one months imprisonment for deserting from the vessel. […]

Condemned Cell 55

Paranormal Investigation of Cell 55 Geelong Gaol – March 2016. Condemned Mans Cell 55 is located on the second level directly near the Gallows and is where the tried and convicted Convict/s would spend their last night alive. We believe we actively communicate with a hanged prisoner here James Murphy and you will see in […]

The Fitzroy Outrage

On This Day – April 18, 1913 In the Criminal Court today, Frank Claffey was charged with the manslaughter of Henry McNamara. McNamara was assaulted and robbed on April 18 at Fitzroy, on a vacant piece of land known as the Swamp. Dr. Mollison said that death was due to acute peritonitis, and that the […]

The Murder of Eugene Possett

ON THIS DAY – April 18, 1894 THE NORTH MELBOURNE MURDER. Alfred Douglas and James Charles Watson were placed on trial at the Criminal Court, today on a charge of murder of the Frenchman, Eugene Possett, on April 18 at North Melbourne. The accused pleaded not guilty. The case remains unfinished. The police hold warrants […]

Murder in the Asylum

On this Day – April 18, 1875 Ararat Lunatic Asylum An inquest on the body of Aaron Thomas, an inmate of the Ararat Lunatic Asylum, who was killed by another inmate named Fitzgerald on Sunday, says the Advertiser, was held on Tuesday by the coroner. Fitzgerald is described as an unusually muscular and powerfully-built man, […]

On The Run

On this day …….. 18th of April 1876 On this day in 1876 a lunatic named Richard Pace managed to effect his escape from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. For nearly a month he had been wandering about the bush. At one time he was seen on the Boorhaman run near to where the man Greenwood […]

Attacked by a Lunatic

On this day …….. 18th of April 1877 A miner named Louis Cahoon, residing at Twist’s Creek was attacked by a lunatic who had escape from the Beechworth Asylum. While on his way to a neighbour house on this day in 1877, at 6 pm, was violently attacked in the dark.  As Cahoon was passing […]

Corroborees in Williamstown

On this day …….. 18th of April 1941 MELBOURNE CENTENARIAN Miss Emma Sutton, who was born in Alfred-place, off Collins-street, Melbourne, 101 years ago (1840). Sutton died on this day at the home of her niece in Rouen-street, Hampton, where she had lived for 30 years. Miss Sutton was a daughter of Captain Thomas Halk […]

Narrow Escape from Fire

On this day …….. 18th of April 1914 Mr. Steve Dewan’s residence, at the rear of the Beechworth Hospital for Insane, narrowly escaped destruction by fire on this day in 1914. By some means unknown the grass in the paddock became ignited, and, fanned by the breeze, drove on to a stack of wood adjoining […]

New Comet

On this day …….. 18th of April 1917 Owing to the sky being clouded, Observatory officials were unable on this day in 1917 to see the comet discovered by Mr. A. C. M’Leod, of Ascot Vale. The new comet were found the following day.

Arming the Police

On this day …….. 18th of April 1913 Mr. A. G. Sainsbury, Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police, on this day in 1913, order 200 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers for the police to carry. An examination showed that there are only 50 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers available. This being the weapon with which the mounted police have […]