Improper Language

On This Day – 9th March 1855 Convict Mary Ann Wilson was charged at the Geelong Gaol with improper language and sentenced to 48 hours solitary on bread and water by The Gaoler.    

Manslaughter Verdict in Northcote

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1921 Francis William Wright, Bernard Patrick Brady, and John Henry Lawson, were charged with the murder of Jacob Borkheim, a pawnbroker, at High-street, Northcote, on the 9th of March 1921. After a retirement of two hours and 40 minutes the jury announced their findings on the murder count, all […]

Bread and Water

On This Day – 9th March 1855 Convicts Jane Purdon, Jane Joyce and Mary Carmody were at the charged at the Geelong gaol with disobedience of orders and sentenced to 7 days in solitary with bread and water.    

Destroyed by Fire

On this day ………… 9th March 1901 The Rutherglen Coffee Palace, on Browns Plains Rd, (North East Victoria), opposite the train station was destroyed by fire on this day in 1901. The old building, of 20 rooms, was set alight when a breeze blew a curtain against a lighted candle one of the upstairs bedroom. […]

Assault on a Turnkey

On This Day – March 9, 1855 Convict Elizabeth Wilson and Mary Bennett were charged at the Geelong gaol with insubordination and assaulting a turnkey. They were sentenced to 1 month cumulation with meat and vegetables to be reduced every other day.    

Little Girl’s Murder

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1911 NORTH MELBOURNE An inquest was held concerning the death of Ettie Smith, 4 1/2 years of age, whose throat was cut by her father, William Thomas Smith, at North Melbourne, on the 9th of March 1911. The Coroner returned a verdict of wilful murder against Smith, and committed […]

Birth of a Great City

On this day ………… 9th March 1837 As the settlement grew, Governor Bourke sent a Commissioner to report on its development. In the Commissioner’s report he referred to the settlement as ‘Bearbrass’. Following a later inspection, the name ‘Glenelg’ was suggested by the Colonial Secretary. On 9 March 1837, Governor Bourke named the flourishing settlement […]

Reduced Meat and Vegetables

On This Day – 9th March 1855 Convict Sarah Cane was charged at the Geelong gaol, with Insubordination and sentenced to 1 month cumulation with meat and vegetables to be reduced every other day.    

Granny Smith Apples

On this day ………… 9th March 1870 Granny Smith is a variety of apple with green skin and tart flesh, originating in Australia around 1865 from a chance seedling propagated by Maria Ann Smith, aka Granny Smith. Granny Smith was born Maria Ann Sherwood in Peasmarsh, Sussex, England, sometime in late 1799. The daughter of […]

Letters to Newspapers

On this day ………… 9th March 1857 South Australia’s first elections as a self-governing colony was held on the 9th March 1857. There were no political parties or policy platforms; the candidates standing for election submitted letters to newspapers summarising their beliefs and records of public service. 57 candidates stood for the 36 places spread […]

Body Found in House: Woman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1932 In the dock of the City Court stood Katherine Masterton, aged 46, charged with having at Richmond on the 9th of March murdered Dorothy May Draper, aged 20. Masterton was arrested by detectives, who found the body of the girl in a house. The police said that she […]

Judy Moran Found Guilty

ON THIS DAY ………. 9th of March 2011 On the 9th of March 2011, Judy Moran, the mother of slain sons, Mark and Jason Moran and also the ex-de facto partner of Lewis Moran (who was murdered in 2004) was found guilty of the murder of her brother-in-law Desmond “Tuppence” Moran. Moran claimed that she […]