Character form Ned Kelly History

On this day ………… 12th March 1893 Another fragment of the living Kelly Gang history died on this day in 1893. Anton Wick, who achieved lasting fame when Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly used him as a decoy to shoot Aaron Sherritt. Wick was a long time resident of the Woolshed area near Beechworth, who […]

On Manslaughter Charge in Melbourne

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1939 DONNYBROOK After an inquest lasting two days, the City Coroner (Mr. Tingate, P.M.) committed Joshua Henry Cowell, of North Melbourne, for trial, on a charge of manslaughter. He found that he had unlawfully killed Beljean Henrietta Jenkins (18), of Ivor Place, North Melbourne, who was a passenger in […]

Insolent Smith

On This Day – 12th March 1868 Convict Alice Smith was charged at the Geelong Gaol with insolence by Female Turnkey Murphy and was sentenced to 24 hours of bread and water by the Governor.    

Driving in Reverse

ON THIS DAY ……… 12th March 2006 On this day police charged a man with reversing further than necessary, after he drove backwards for more than 40km along one of Australia’s busiest highway. They stopped the 23 year old man on the Hume highway between Sydney and Melbourne as he was heading home to Numurkah […]

Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1916 ILLABAROOK William Coles Halstead, a cook, was charged in the Ballarat Supreme Court today with having attempted to murder Patrick William Monaghan by shooting, at Illabarook, on March 12. There was a second count of having attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm on Monaghan. The defence was that […]

Indecent Assault by M’Glynn

On This Day – 12th March 1864 Serious Offence At the Geelong police court, an old man, of repulsive aspect, named M’Glynn, lately the proprietor of a menagerie in Market square, was charged with committing an indecent assault upon a diminutive girl, aged thirteen. The child’s evidence went to show that a capital offence had […]

Mrs. Hillard Sentenced to Ten Years Imprisonment

ON THIS DAY – March 12, 1929 ERICA Anna Elizabeth Hillard, convicted of the manslaughter of David Wilson, at Erica, Gippsland nearly collapsed when, at the Criminal Court, Justice MacFarlane sentenced her to 10 years’ hard labour. She clutched at the rail of the dock, swayed, and then steadied herself again. Anna Hillard (36) and […]