Child Killer at Emerald Hill

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1865 John Stacey, was charged with the murder of a child named Daniel McDonnell, at Emerald Hill, (South Melbourne) on the 28th of February 1865. Stacey was sentenced to be executed at the old Melbourne Gaol. .  

First Convict to be Freed

On this day ………… 28th February 1790 John Irving, was born around 1760. He came to the penal colony of New South Wales with the First Fleet in 1788, after being sentenced in 1784 to seven years for stealing a silver cup. Irving proved an able surgeon’s assistant, both on the voyage to New South […]

Father Kills Three Children

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1892 Arthur Pattison, a farmer at Caniambo in North East Victoria was charged with the murder of his three children. In February 1892 Pattison, massacred his three young children, Arthur aged five, Florence aged six, and Margaret, aged eight, whilst they lay in bed. The instrument used was an […]

Sensational Escape by a Convict

On this day ………… 28th February 1921 A sensational escape from custody occurred on this day in 1921. James Davis, committed for trial at Devonport, Tasmaina on the previous day on several charges or robbery, was being escorted to Launceston by train, with three prisoners. “When the train was passing the Launceston cricket ground, Davis […]

Murder of Kade Hall

ON THIS DAY – February 28, 2002 Kade Hall was last seen in Croydon around 10pm on the 28th of February 2002, before being picked up by an unknown person. Hall received a call from a pay phone outside Mooroolbark KFC at 10.10pm. Hall was shot and dumped on the side of Mt Dandenong Tourist […]

The Trial of the Geary’s

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1854 The trial of Patrick and Margaret Geary for the murder of a shepherd in 1854, was commenced at the Old Court House, Melbourne. Mr Adamson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, and Messrs Molesworth and Sirr represented the prisoners respectively. The presiding judge was his Honour Mr Justice […]

Shocking Accident

On this day ………… 28th February 1871 A shocking accident involving Mr. Hoyle, the coach driver, who died as the result of his injuries. At 4am on the morning of the 28th, the coach was preparing to star from Baddaginnie, North East Victoria, when the horses suddenly took fright and bolted. The driver Tommy Hoyle, […]

Strange Mirage

On this day ………… 28th February 1928 A strange mirage was witnessed by citizens of Cairns, Queensland, on this day in 1928. Shortly after 5pm, onlookers were amazed to see an astonishing image on the horizon. A blue range of hills clearly visible. The wonderful mirage was so vivid that eyewitness commented that it looked […]

Mystery Animal Attacks Victorian Settler

On this day ………… 28th February 1932 “Myrtleford, in the Mount Buffalo district of North East Victoria, has a mysterious animal, which stands like a human being, and is described as being 7ft high, with a large round hairy head, carrying four tusks. Search parties tried to capture the creature, but an all-night search failed […]

Knowing When to Die

On this day ………… 27th February 1891 On the 27th of February 1891, the South Australian Register reported on the death in gaol of the Reverend Dr Keating. It appears he knew beforehand that he would soon die in gaol. The Rev. Dr. Oswald Keating, who was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for assault on […]

Escapee Shot Dead at Pentridge

ON THIS DAY – February 27, 1932 Reginald Barker aged 17, a prisoner at the Pentridge Gaol, at Coburg, Melbourne, attempted to escape on the 27th of February 1932. During his attempt Barker wounded Warder Dowd and himself was shot dead. After hearing the evidence the coroner recorded a finding of justifiable homicide. Warder Dowd, […]

Cockroach in his Ear

On this day ………… 27th February 1996 Swedish backpacker Magnus Carlstedt received a rude awakening on this day in 1996 when a cockroach crawled into his ear and refused to move. When Carlstedt’s attempts to remove the insect failed, the 19 year old was forced to call an ambulance to the Jolly Swagman Youth Hostel […]