Murder of Jenkins

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1929 On the 27th April 1929, Edward Arthur Jenkins was admitted to the Geelong Hospital in a pitiful state. He was suffering from shock and puncture wounds and was spitting up blood. Jenkins had four stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and elbow. Jenkins was admitted to the wards […]

Execution of Fatta Chand

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 27, 1891   On this day in 1891, the execution of Fatta Chand took place for murdering his Hindoo partner, Juggo Mull, near Healesville in November last, took place within the Melbourne gaol. The condemned man on finding he could not accomplish his purpose of cheating the gallows by starving […]

Execution of Frederick Turner

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 27, 1857 On this day in 1857, at eight o’clock, the unfortunate young man, Frederick Turner, convicted at the late Criminal Sessions, of highway robbery in company with others, and of subsequent shooting with intent to murder, underwent the extreme sentence of the law. It is to be feared that […]

Charge of Murder Against An Italian

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1929 GEELONG WEST   Bartolo Natoli, aged 35, an Italian, appeared at the Geelong City Court, charged with the murder of Edward Arthur Jenkins, aged 31, a laborer. The police stated that it was alleged that Natoli stabbed Jenkins three times with a knife in an affray on April […]

Use of Bad Language

On This Day ……. 27th April 1853 George Scott, landlord of Scotts Hotel, was charged with making use of bad language in the street, and received three months imprisonment in the Geelong Gaol.  

Buck To Be Hanged

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1895 SOUTH MELBOURNE The case of the man Arthur Buck, who is now in Melbourne Gaol under sentence of death for the murder of his paramour Kate Norton on April 27 last, was considered by the Executive Council. After carefully discussing the facts the Executive decided that the law […]

Artefacts from the Batavia

On this day …….. 27th April 1971 The ‘Batavia’ was a ship built in Amsterdam in 1628. On 29 October 1628, the newly built Batavia, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, sailed from Texel for the Dutch East Indies to obtain spices. During the voyage two of the crew, Jacobsz and Cornelisz, planned to […]

First Māori to visit England

On this day …….. 27th of April 1806 Moehanga Ngāpuhi, became the first recorded Māori visitor to England when the Ferret berthed in London on the 27th of April 1806. Moehanga had boarded the Ferret when it visited the Bay of Islands late in 1805. While Māori had travelled as far as Tahiti and Australia […]

Fatal Fire

ON THIS DAY – April 27, 1909 ROMSEY TWO MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. An inquiry was held at Romsey into the circumstances of a fire at the Commercial Hotel on April 27, where by James Dick met his death, and the premises were totally destroyed. Dick’s charred remains were found in the debris. A large […]

The first KFC in Australia Opens

On this day …….. 27th April 1968 Colonel Sanders opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the 1950s. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened in Australia in Guildford, in Sydney’s western suburbs, on 27 April 1968. Since then, the number of KFC stores in […]

Transferred to Geelong

On This Day ……. 27th April 1927 Clive Frankston, aged 36 years, was charged on the 1st of the June 1926, with larceny and sentenced to two years in Pentradge. On the 28th April 1927, the Penal Authorities at Pentridge decided to transfer Frankston and another prisoner, Henry Tacke, to the Geelong Gaol. The two […]

Died on his Birthday Day

On this day …….. 27th of April 1564 According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on the 23rd of April 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on the 26th April, […]