Convict dies at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 31st May 1901 An aged prisoner, who was sent from Melbourne to complete his sentence in the Geelong gaol, died in the latter institution on is day, and an inquiry was held before Mr H. Bannister, J.P. Dr Croker, the medical officer at the gaol, certified that death was due to […]

Hating Alison Ashley – 2005

60 years of Australian TV Hating Alison Ashley is a 2005 Australian comedy film based upon the 1984 novel of the same name produced by Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman and directed by Geoff Bennett. It was filmed in Kinglake West,Victoria, Australia and Docklands Studios Melbourne.The film stars Saskia Burmeister, as Erica “Yuk” Yurken, an adolescent brunette who […]

Demolishing Luna Park Sydney

On This Day ……. 31st May 1980 On 31 May, an auction was held to sell everything in Sydney’s Luna Park that could be removed. Two days later, everything that had not been sold (with the exception of the Face, Crystal Palace, and Coney Island) was bulldozed to the ground and burnt. The park was […]


On This Day ……. 31st May 1943 Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter […]

Japanese midget submarines enter Sydney Harbour in WWII.

On This Day ……. 31st May 1942 When the town of Darwin was bombed by the Japanese in World War II, Australians were forced to accept the reality of how close the war was. Further bombing raids continued along Australia’s northwestern coastline, and even Townsville and Mossman in far north Queensland, but the war was […]

Tragedy of jealousy – BALLARAT

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1943 After having deliberated for 2 hours a jury in Ballarat Supreme Court found Kenneth Geoffrey White, of Ballarat, not guilty of having murdered his wife and having maliciously wounded a soldier, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. A verdict of not guilty was also returned on an […]


On This Day ……. 31st May 1943 Station 6ML, which was the first commercial station established in ‘Western Australia, went off the air on the completion of its programme in this night in 1943. The suspension has been caused by war difficulties.

Murder and suicide – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1910 At the inquiry held into the tragedy which occurred at the Sir Walter Scott Hotel, Elizabeth street, Melbourne on this day in 1910, the Coroner found that John Tunks murdered Melanie Dean, and afterwards committed suicide.  


IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as […]

Shirley Collins Murder – 1953

Hybrid Publishing and Twisted History will be presenting Janice Simpson and her new book “Murder in Mount Martha” at an event at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on June 30 at 6pm. ┬áDetails can be found here – The book is based upon the real life unsolved murder of 14 year old Shirley Collins in […]

Murdered teen’s parents want justice

Governor of Melbourne Gaol

On This Day ……. 30th May 1914 Mr. W Furnell as governor of the Geelong gaol, was promoted to Melbourne to the Governor of the Melbourne gaol (old Melbourne gaol). Until his replacement Mr Finnish arrives from Beechworth, Mr. M. Hayward will take charge.