Gas pipe explodes in South Korea

On this day …….. 28th of April 1995 A gas explosion beneath a busy city street in Taegu, South Korea, kills more than 100 people on this day in 1995. Sixty children, some on their way to school, were among the victims of the blast. Taegu was a city of 2.2 million people, located about […]

Mutiny on the HMAS Bounty

On this day …….. 28th of April 1789 Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set […]

Queenscliff Road Shooting

ON THIS DAY – April 28. 1930 GEELONG MANSLAUGHTER – MAXIMUM SENTENCE IMPOSED. Eric Harris Brockwell aged 24, at the Geelong Supreme Court was found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of Horace Thomas Walpole, taxi-driver, on April 28. The Chief Justice, Sir William Irvine, said that the jury, by finding him guilty of manslaughter, […]

Motorist Who Did Not Stop

ON THIS DAY – April 28, 1926 GREENSBOROUGH 2 YEARS FOR MANSLAUGHTER John Rotherwood Williams, boot-maker, was sentenced to two years’ gaol for the manslaughter of William Thomas, a gardener at Greensborough, on April 28, 1926. The evidence showed that when Williams’ car collided with Thomas’s cart he left Thomas lying seriously injured on the […]

Melbourne Announced as Host City for XVI Olympiad

On this day …….. 28th April 1949 Melbourne was announced as the host city for the Games of the XVI Olympiad on 28 April 1949, beating bids from Buenos Aires, Mexico City and six other American cities by a single vote. The Olympic Games commenced with an opening ceremony in November 1956. Because Melbourne is […]

35 People Lost Their Lives ….

On This Day – April 28, 1996 Today marks the 20th anniversary of 35 people who lost their lives at the hands of a gunman at the beautiful Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Australia.  Their deaths changed Australia forever. In Memory Of: Winifred Aplin Walter Bennett Nicole Burgess Sou Leng Chung Elva Gaylard Zoe […]

Execution of Price’s Murderers

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 28, 1857 THOMAS WILLIAMS, HENRY SMITH (ALIAS BRENNAN) AND THOMAS MALONEY THE MURDER OF MR. PRICE. Execution of Thomas Williams, Henry Smith alias Brennan, and Thomas Maloney. On this day in 1857, at eight o’clock, Thomas Williams, Henry Smith alias Brennan, and Thomas Maloney, the first three prisoners convicted at […]

Shouting Murder

On This Day ……. 28th April 1864 William Gilmore was charged with shouting MURDER in the gaol yard, charge by senior turnkey, was given 3 days in solitary confinement on bread and water.  

Number of Prisoners

On This Day ……. 28th April 1910 The Geelong news paper wrote on this day in 1910, about the numbers of prisoners in the Geelong Gaol. Over the last 10 years the daily average number of prisoners in Geelong was between 130 to 140. Now it fluctuates slightly on either side of 100, and would […]