Murder By A Lunatic

  ON THIS DAY – October 31, 1900   Valentine Curtis Robertson, an inmate of the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, was placed in the dock of the Criminal Court to-day, and charged with the murder of Fitzroy Shanks, another inmate. It was alleged that on October 31, Shanks, who was an elderly man, was waiting […]

The Frankston Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 31, 1928   Joseph Livingstone, aged 66 years, formerly an estate agent, was charged at the City Court to-day with having, at Frankston, on October 31, wilfully murdered Margaret Mary Fearon.  S.C. Elliott said he arrested Livingstone at Frankston on the morning of October 31. He asked for a remand […]

The great escape – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY……31st October 1889 Fredrick “Josh” Clark and Christopher “Christie” Farrell were both ex convicts transported from England to Van Demons Land. Once both men had received their tickets of leave they sailed to Victoria, arriving at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. Both men found there way back to the lives thy […]

Increase in reward money and the Felons’ Apprehension Act – Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 31st of October 1878 Proclamation by Governor George Bowen declaring Ned and Dan Kelly outlaws In response to the public outrage at the murder of police officers, the reward was raised to £500 and, on 31 October 1878, the Victorian Parliament passed the Felons’ Apprehension Act, coming into effect on 1 […]

Pox mows down Diggers in Perth

On this day …….. 31st of October 1914 A total of 21 men were taken ashore on this day in 1914, for refusing to be vaccinated on board the liner, Orvieto for Pox. Another 35 sick men, aboard were suffering from syphilis reported War correspondent Charles Bean’s when arriving in Albany Western Australia on this […]

Fourteen people killed in one of Australia’s earliest train accidents

On this day …….. 31st of October 1894 Opening on 26 September 1855, the New South Wales railway, Australia, was the first government-owned railway in the British Empire. The first line ran the 22km from Sydney to Parramatta. By 1862, the western line had reached Penrith. The railway continued to expand, reaching Albury in 1881, […]

Hottest town in Australia – 160 day heatwave – Marble Bar Western Australia

On this day …….. 31st of October 1923 Marble Bar is a tiny town in the Pilbara region of north-western Western Australia. The discovery of gold in 1890 by Francis Jenkins led to the establishment of a town, which was officially gazetted in 1893. The town derives its name from a nearby jasper formation which […]

Cannibalism attack – Sandridge

On this day …….. 31st of October 1874 A brutality displayed of cannibalism actuated by jealous rage was displayed by George Eskdale, a professional direr, lived in Nott-street Sandridge, Victoria on this day in 1874. Eskdale on discovering an opposite neighbour James Frederick Melton, a cork-cutter visiting his wife at her own house. The visit […]

Jealous Man Guilty of Gun Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 30, 1992 A jealous husband who shot dead a man he mistakenly believed to be his estranged wife’s lover was found guilty yesterday of murder.  The trial heard that Frank Allan Garner, 53, an electrician, formerly of suburban Avonsleigh, had, after making threats to his ex-wife Beverley, burst into the […]

Death Sentence For Murder Of Boys

ON THIS DAY – October 30, 1955 John Kevin Seach, 26, quarry worker, was sentenced to death in the Central Criminal Court today after a jury convicted him of murder. Seach, who showed no emotion when the verdict was announced, had pleaded not guilty, on grounds of insanity, of murdering John Frederick Ward, 7, at […]

A Nocturnal Affray

ON THIS DAY – October 30, 1921   Vivid details of the sensational nocturnal affray at Fitzroy were given by witnesses at the enquiry at the Morgue by Dr. Cole (city coroner) to-day into the death on October 30 of John Thomas Olsen (36), clerk, Joseph Lennox Cotter (28), commission agent, was present in custody, […]

Hair tumour

On this day …….. 30th of October 1922 A 12 year old girl was operated on at the Beverley Hospital in Western Australia on this day in 1922, and a mass of hair, weighing over 454gms, was removed from her stomach. The girl had been in the habit of biting the end of her hair […]