Execution of Brown and Jones

EXECUTED THIS DAY – March 1, 1858 On the 1st of March 1858, at 8am the convicts Edward Brown and William Jones, who were found guilty at the Ballarat Sessions of the crime of robbery with violence, were executed at Melbourne Gaol. Edward Brown, who belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, was attended in his […]

Coles Circus and Menagerie visit to Benalla

On this day ………… 1st March 1881 Coles American circus arrived in Benalla, North East Victoria, bring to town not only a troupe of real live North American Red Indians, in traditional clothing, but also electric lights. It was the first time most people had seen anything so brilliant and exciting. Whatever the attraction, Coles […]

Murder of Rachel Barber

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1999 On the 1st of March 1999, the body of Rachel Elizabeth Barber was unceremoniously dumped in the wardrobe of a second-floor flat in Trinian Street, Prahran, an inner suburb of Melbourne. A black, old-fashioned telecommunications cable was still tight around her neck. In another room were all sorts […]

Great fire in North East Victoria

On this day ………… 1st March 1879 Beechworth’s second great fire started on this day in 1879. An explosion in a down factory would see the complete destruction of the entire block along Camp Steet between Ford and High Streets, reminiscent of the 1867 fire. The Empire Hotel would fall to the flames again causing […]

Greek Sentenced to Death

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1927 Arthur John Kotsiakos, aged 39, a Greek fishmonger, was found guilty of the murder of his wife, Josephine Elizabeth Mary Kotsiakos, on the 1st of March, in their home in North Melbourne at the conclusion of his trial at the Criminal Court. In passing sentence of death the […]

Footballer Charged with Murder

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1908 A young Wedderburn footballer named James Fanning was in the Bendigo Supreme Court charged with having murdered Albert Loch Taylor at Wedderburn on the 1st of March. Evidence was given that the prisoner had in the Royal Hotel, Wedderburn, on the night of the 29th of February, commenced […]

Lunatic Prisoner

On This Day – 1st March 1854 On the 1st March 1854, Catherine Smith, female turnkey of the Geelong gaol, described a lunatic prison Ann Connelly. The Prisoner was rather violent and was very dirty in her habits, and required attendance as a child. She has been obliged to keep her bed from dysentery, and […]

Murder in Barwon Prison

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 2002 Sam Shalevski was stabbed to death with a home-made metal blade in the exercise ground of Barwon Prison, just 24 hours after he was transferred from Port Phillip Prison. The State Opposition demanded an inquiry. “It doesn’t make sense that a prisoner can be in custody for less […]

Police killer at Richmond

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1943 Norman Searle, 27-year-old turner and fitter, was charged in the City Court with having at Richmond on the 1st of March, murdered 42 year old senior Constable Frederick Jones, of Northcote. Searle was also charged with having at Balwyn also on the 1st of March, unlawfully and maliciously […]

Murder of Michelle Brown

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1992 Michelle Brown, 25, was discovered in a shed behind a Frankston gun shop two weeks after she disappeared on the 1st of March 1992. She had called her mum to pick her up at Frankston train station, but was never seen again alive.    

Mother Sentenced for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1912 At the Bairnsdale Supreme Court, Clara Eva Gumley was charged with the manslaughter of her stepson, aged 4 1/2 years. On the 1st of March, the accused, in a fit of anger, pushed the boy out of the back door of the house, and he fell against a […]