Mansfield’s Gun Powder Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870 A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot    

Shot Stepfather to Protect Mother

ON THIS DAY ……… 30th March 1948 The jury in the Criminal Court took only eight minutes to decide that John K. Donnelly, 19, apprentice carpenter, of Ferntree Gully, was not guilty of a charge of the murder or manslaughter of his stepfather, John Palmer. Donnelly told the court that he shot his stepfather on […]

King Alfred’s Skeleton

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1891 Workmen on the railway to Mansfield, under construction at the time, unearthed a skeleton. No one was quite sure who it was but locals thought it was probably King Alfred, an aboriginal tribal leader who had been elevated to regional status by the early landholders in the area. […]

Charles Kingsford Smith

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1929 With an eye to launch a domestic air service, aviator Charles Kingsford Smith departed for England with Charles Ulm and two crewmen on March 30, 1929. A day later they were forced to make an emergency landing on the flats of the Glenelg River estuary. While they were […]

Description Given of Missing Woman

ON THIS DAY ……… 30th March 1937 The police are now in possession of a fairly reliable description of Iike physical characteristics of the woman whose arms and legs were found floating in an untied sugar bag in the Yarra, on the 30th of March 1937. Pathologists have determined the woman to have been between […]

Breaking into a Store

On This Day – 30th March 1897 Three boys named Bertrand Williams aged 15 years, Daniel M’Keegan aged 14 years, and Alfred Bernard Stubley aged 12 years, were charged with having on the 24th of March, feloniously broken into the shop of John C. Cox, in Pakington-street, Geelong West, and stolen therefrom a sum of […]

Shocking Railway Accident at Richmond

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1904 Shortly before 8pm on this day in 1904 a shocking railway accident happened at Richmond station, resulting in the death of an elderly man named George Buckham, a resident of Moonee Ponds. It appears that at the time mentioned Mr. Buckham was boarding the Essendon train, which was […]

Murder Suspected – Woman’s Dissected Limbs Found

On this day ……… 30th of March 1937 Murder is suspected following the finding in the Yarra on this day in 1937 30th of two legs and two arms, severed from a human body, evidently that of a woman. The dissected limbs were in an untied sugar bag. The legs were cut off at the […]

Mansfield’s Gun Powder Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870 A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot    

Tram Accident

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1905 A boy of 9 years, named Arthur Leggo, was run down by a tram, in Melbourne on this day in 1905. The boy was dragged a distance before the tram was able to stop.    

With a Little Help from Friends

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1876 John O’Reilly wanted to annoy the English and so he hatched a plan to rescue Irish Convicts from Western Australia. For his plan, he organised for an American boat, the Catalpa, to sail to Western Australia to rescue Convicts. On March 29, 1876 the Catalpa arrived off Western […]

18th Prime Minister of Australia

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1900 Sir John McEwen was born in Chiltern, on this day in 1900. His father died in 1907 and consequently McEwen was raised by his grandmother with her sister. He was educated at state schools and at 15 became a junior public service clerk. He enlisted in the Army […]