Speed Demon

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1917 On this day in 1917, crowds lined the Hume Highway to catch a glimpse of Parsons, the motor cycle champion, who was on his way south to break the record for a trip from Sydney to Melbourne. In 1917 the record stood at 24 hours. Parson set out […]

Execution of Phelan

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 16th of March 1891 John Thomas Phelan, aged 30 was executed in the Old Melbourne gaol John Thomas Phelan, an engine driver on the railways, had been cohabiting with 25-year-old Ada Hatton for two years, when she left him, presumably for another man. On the 15th of January 1891 Phelan […]

Quarrel Leads to Murder

ON THIS DAY…….. 16th of March 1955 A barroom quarrel following slighting references to a man’s wife preceded a fatal shooting, two witnesses told the Supreme Court. The husband, Allan Stewart McLean, 41, carpenter, of Kyabram, is charged with murder. The other man Thomas Young “Larry” Smith, aged 28, builder, of Lord st., Richmond, was […]

Holt Memorial Swimming Pool

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1969 Swimming pool named after drowned Prime Minister In good Australia humour the Glen Iris Swimming bath was renamed the Harold Holt memorial Pool on this day this day in 1969 by Prime Minister John Gorton. Harold Holt was the 17th Prime Minister of Australia and was believed drowned […]

Melbourne Zoo Elephant

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1883 The elephant at the Melbourne Zoo is thriving splendidly, and will be ready to carry children on the 16th March 1883.    

Sensational Bolt

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1910 Geelong A sensational runaway occurred in Moorabool street, in Geelong on this day in 1910. Three draught horses attached to a wagon owned by Mr. J. Paterson a farmer, of Anakie. Paterson was driving in Malop street when the lead horse took fright at a motor car. The […]

Hoon Laws – 1890s Style!

On This Day – 16th March 1897 Joseph Burstall, who had at 4.40pm on the 1st of March 1897, furiously driven a pair of horses attached to a bugey along Malop street. Burstall was on this day sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment at Geelong Gaol.    

Execution on James Cornick

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ………. 16th of March 1857 James Cornick was executed at the old Melbourne gaol for the murder of his girl friend Agnes Horne at Eaglehawk Flat. Cornick met his fate with considerable firmness, walking from his cell with a firm step when apprised by the sheriff that the hour had come […]

Melbourne Shooting Case

ON THIS DAY ……… 16th March 1897 John Wilson was charged at the Criminal Court with having shot at Kate Spiers with intent to murder her. The parties lived together as man and wife till he told her to leave owing to her drunken habits. On March 16 she called at Wilson’s restaurant, struck him […]

Manslaughter Verdict Against Davis

ON THIS DAY ……….. 16th March 1911 VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER The inquiry into the death of Arthur Albert Ray, 46, who was knocked down by a tram in Spencer-street on March 16 and who died in the Melbourne Hospital two days later, was resumed by the Coroner on Saturday. The Coroner recorded a verdict that […]