Indeterminate Prison

On This Day – 4th March 1922 On this day in 1922, the Geelong gaol was visited by Mr Mclvor, Inspector General of the Penal Department. As a result it is expected that a portion or the gaol will be set apart for an indeterminate prison. Men serving indeterminate sentences will be sent to Geelong. […]

Husband Charged With Murder

ON THIS DAY – March 4, 1947 Mrs. Isobel Maud Williamson, 34, of Burnley, who was wounded in the right side when she was shot while on her way to work on the 4th of March, died in hospital. Her husband, Francis Authorn McGregor Williamson, 35, laborer, of Ballarat has been charged with murder.   […]

School Boy Injured

On this day ………… 4th March 1914 A painful accident happened to Master James Peatling on this day in 1914. Whilst playing at State school in Bendigo, he was accidentally hit on the back of the head with a stone. The head teacher (Mr. E. Morphy) attended the boy, and Mr. J. Pitson drove him […]

The Tatura Horror

ON THIS DAY – March 4, 1905 EDWARDS GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER. The trial of James Edwards on a charge of having murdered William Skinner, at Girgarre, on the 4th of March was heard in front of Mr. Justice Hood. In summing up the judge said that if the jury believed the accused’s story, the verdict […]

Alleged Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 4, 1911 An elderly woman named Blanda Gunn was charged at the Castlemaine Sessions with the manslaughter of Kathleen Farrell on March 4. Accused pleaded not guilty. The case arose out of the alleged unskilful treatment of tho deceased, who was suffering from cancer. The accused, who is known as […]

Closure of the Criterion

On this day ………… 4th March 1970 Closure of the Criterion Hotel in Wangaratta happened on this day in 1970, to make way for a Coles supermarket. It had been a favourite drinking hole for a wide variety of people over the years, from Jim Kelly (Ned Kellys brother) to Sergeant Steel.