Settlement at Norfolk Island

On this day ………… 6th March 1788 When the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788, Phillip ordered Lieutenant Philip Gidley King to lead a party of fifteen convicts and seven free men to take control of the Norfolk island and prepare for its commercial development. They arrived on 6 March 1788. Neither […]

Vernon Sentenced to Twelve Years Prison

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1925 LILYDALE His Honour, Sir Leo Cussen, in the Criminal Court, sentenced Edward Vernon (39), painter, who was found guilty, of the manslaughter of William Bent (17), railway employee, at Lilydale on the 6th of March, to 12 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. Sir Leo Cussen said he took […]

Two Youths Guilty of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1959 FITZROY Two youths were today found guilty of manslaughter of a Fitzroy newsagent by a Supreme Court jury, which acquitted them of murder. They were Kenneth Graham Wilson, 17, labourer, of Jarvie Street, East Brunswick, and John McLaren Hazeldine, 19, labourer, of Barkley Street, Brunswick. The jury acquitted […]

Inquest on body of Lunatic

On This Day – 6th March 1854 A coroner’s inquest was held at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1854, at 1pm. Coroner, Mr Forster Shaw and a respectable Jury, view the body of Ann Connelly, late a prisoner lunatic. George Coward, colonial assistant surgeon, being sworn. The deceased, Ann Connelly, had been in […]

The Albert Park Drowning Case

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1893 MANTON ACQUITTED The trial of John Alexander Manton for the murder of his wife at Albert Park on the 6th of March was held at the city court. The case for the Crown closed without any fresh facts being elicited. Mr. J. T. Smith opened the case for […]