Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

Prosecution of Officials

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1908 BRAYBROOK DISASTER The trial of the railway officials charged with manslaughter in connection with the railway accident at Braybrook. The Stationmaster of Braybrook, who was committed for trial by the coroner on a charge of manslaughter, will not be tried with the engine drivers of the Bendigo tram, […]

Execution of Cornelius Bourke

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 20, 1891 The execution of Cornelius Bourke, convicted of the murder of Peter Stewart at the Hamilton lock-up, took place in the Ballarat Gaol at 10 o’clock on Monday morning. It will be remembered that after sentence was pronounced, some doubts arose as to the sanity of the prisoner, and […]

Prisoners in the Botanical Gardens

On This Day ……. 20th April 1875 A letter was revived by the Governor of the Geelong Gaol, on this day in 1875, from the Minister of Lands and Agriculture, requesting to be informed when prison labor will be available for works in the Botanical Gardens.  

Old and Poor in Gaol

On This Day ……. 20th April 1894 On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for […]

Melbourne Holiday Train Disaster Kills 44

On this day …….. 20th of April 1908 On this day in 1908, a Bendigo-bound holiday train collided with another heading for Ballarat in the Sunshine rail yards, west of Melbourne. Forty-four people were killed and more than 400 hurt. The Age did not believe in sheltering the victims’ next-of-kin. Down on the rails among […]