Town Fire

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1930 On this day in 1930, the Commercial Hotel and Store at Milawa was destroyed by fire. The licensee at the time was Mr. H McCarthy, was preparing to set out for Melbourne with Mr J Puddy, the baker. They had risen early, well before dawn, and when making […]

Drunk Minnie

On This Day – 20th March 1897 A young woman who appeared under the name of Minnie Matthews, was charged with drunkenness. She was arrested on the evening of the 20th of March 1897, by Constable Zimmer, who took her into custody to save her from the attentions of a parcel of “hoodlums,” by whom […]

Murder of Teacher Alleged

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1931 FOUR YOUTHS ON TRIAL At the conclusion of the evidence for the defence at the resumed trial of Allen Esdale Davis Ward (18), Ralph William Fuller (19), Richard Hanford Jackson (19), and Leslie Charles Lewis (17) on charges of murder, the Chief Justice Sir William Irvine, said he […]

Miner Found Guilty of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1945 Death of Wife After a retirement of two and a half hours a jury in the Criminal Court yesterday found Harry Ernest Mills, 31, coalminer, of Wonthaggi, not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter of his wife, Linda Marion Mills, 26, at Wonthaggi on March 20. Mills […]

Fatal Vehicular Accident

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1904 James A. Milner was carting wood on this day in 1904 at Wattle Flat, near Bendigo. While putting, on the brake he was knocked down, the wheel passing over his body. He was brought to the hospital, and died on arrival.    

Accident to Cyclist

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1909 Melbourne Harold Reidy, from North Melbourne, was crossing Sydney rd on this day, in 1909. While at the intersection of Gatehouse street in Parkville, when he collided with the dummy of a passing tram. He sustained severe injuries to his face and head, and was admitted to the […]

Manslaughter of John Mavaro

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1885 Charge of Manslaughter. The trial of Michael Walsh, 40 years of age, a hotelkeeper in South Melbourne, for the manslaughter of John Mavaro, on March 20, during a row at the Flinders-street station, has resulted in an acquittal.    

New Lighthouse at Point Lonsdale

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1902 The new £2252 lighthouse at a Point Lonsdale, mouth of Port Philip Bay, Victoria was lit for the first time on the evening of the 20th March 1902. The 24 metre high lighthouse had been under construction by builder George Coate for about 14 months. When the foundations […]

Murder of Denise McGregor

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1978 PASCOE VALE Denise was abducted while running errands in Pascoe Vale on March 20, 1978. She was raped and her skull was smashed. Her body was left by a roadside in Wallan East. Cold case detectives have spoken to the original investigator and are following new leads. Denise […]