Escaped Lunatic

On This Day…… 25th April 1869 Margaret Johnson was brought from Howlong to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of May 1868, by her brother in law William Johnson. Johnson escaped from the Asylum on this day in 1869, and was not seen again. It was believe that she crossed back over the boarded […]

Population Turned Out

On this day …….. 25th April 1919 The whole of Wangaratta’s population turned out to welcome home the troops from overseas. A grand procession made it’s way though the streets, under the commemorative arches, led by the highly regarded band from St Augustine’s Orphanage in Geelong. The procession included 20 light horsemen, 75 returned men, […]

Execution of David Magee

EXECUTION THIS DAY – April 25, 1854   David Magee, convicted at the last Criminal Sessions at Castlemaine of murder, under the circumstances then detailed in the Argus, suffered the extreme penalty of the law yesterday morning, at the usual place of exceution, the common gaol at Melbourne. The prisoner, who was a man nearly […]

Ashton Appointed

On This Day ……. 25th April 1925 Mr. G. N. Ashton, formerly secretary to the Returned Soldiers’ League, was appointed to the staff at the Geelong gaol, on this day in 1925.  

Driver of Car Arrested

ON THIS DAY – April 25, 1926 KILLED BY MOTOR CAR On April 25 William Thomas was knocked down and killed by a motor car. Since that date the police have been searching for the driver, who, they allege, did not pull up. They have arrested a man at Collingwood. John Williams (36) appeared before […]

South Australian Women First in Australia to Vote

On this day …….. 25th April 1896 Women in South Australia gained the right to vote in 1894, and voted for the first time in the election of 1896. It is generally recognised that this right occurred with the passing of a Bill on 18 December 1894. However, a letter from the Attorney-General advising Governor […]

Australia’s First Postmaster is Appointed

On this day …….. 25th April 1809 Australia’s first postmaster was Isaac Nichols. Nichols had arrived with the Second Fleet on the Admiral Barrington in October 1791 after being found guilty of stealing and sentenced to seven years transportation. However, he was found to be a diligent worker, greatly trusted by Governor Hunter. Although accused […]