Arrest at the Races

On This Day –  28th March 1926 George Gerald Clarkson, who was arrested at the Geelong races by Constable Carey on 3rd of March, on a charge of having stolen £12 from the pocket of a patron of the races named Lim Kee, has disappeared. He was liberated on bail from the Geelong gaol on […]

Solitary with Meat and Bread

On This Day – 28th March 1867 John Smith was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by Turkey Toner and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with meat and bread only by the Governor.  

Cow in Boat

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1945 A cow joined a family party in a rowing boat on the Bellinger River near Kempsey, New South Wales on this day in 1945. Two cows were shoving each other and one fell over the riverbank into the boat in which Mr Martin of Fernmount and two of […]

First Recorded Shark Attack in SA

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1855 On March 28, 1855 Captain Coleman’s son was taken by a shark after falling overboard from the sailing ship Sobella near Port Wakefield, on Gulf St. Vincent. Witnesses saw a shark swim by with the young boy’s body in its jaws. This was the first recorded shark attack […]

Striking Ah Fleeny

On This Day – 28th March 1863 Convict Michael McSweeney was charged at the Geelong Gaol with striking a fellow prisoner, Ah Fleeny, by Turnkey Tower and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.  

Cycling Accident at Castlemaine

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1908 Whilst cycling down a hill on the Castlemaine Rd, Melbourne a young man named Clifford Jubber fell, and as he was carrying an axe at the time, he could not make any effort to save himself. The right side of his face was badly lacerated, the skin being […]

Solitary Confinement

On This Day – 28th March 1863 Convict William Gilmore was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Andrews and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.

Murder by Alice Jepson

ON THIS DAY……….. 28th of March 1899 Alice Maud Jepson, wife of Johann Christian Jepson a lighterman, was arrested by Constable Harris of Yarraville, on suspicion of having murdered her son Francis Norman Jepson, aged seven years. Jepson was brought before Messrs Warner and Gallant J.P.s at the Footscray Police Court. The accused appeared to […]

Execution of Button

EXECUTION THIS DAY …….. 28th March 1854 James Button was executed in the old Melbourne Gaol for robbery under arms and shooting Robert McLean. Button was not afraid of the physical pain of death, but expressed contrition for his numerous crimes, and looked forward to a future state with fear. Button was executed at 8am. […]

See the light

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1934 The residents of Myrtleford, North East Victoria, turned out on this day in 1934, to see Mrs L. Diffey, wife of the district parliamentarian cut the ribbon outside the Myrtleford power station. The town then watch in ore as electric power to the town was officially turned on. […]

Two Pints of Rum

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1853 For a wage, a man named Wright drunk two pints of rum at a Hobart public house on this day in 1853. He won the bet, but died shortly afterwards.    

Sudden Death at Spotswood

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1907 Edward Edis, aged 41, an employe at the sewerage pumping works, Spotswood, Melbourne suddenly collapsed whilst at work on this day in 1907. He was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital in an unconscious condition, and died shortly after being taken to the ward. It is supposed that death […]