Freak Accident

On this day ……… 31st of March 1909 A young man named Albert Rodgers, aged 18 years, suffered a serious accident on this day in 1909. Rodgers who was working at the corner of Victoria rd and Clarendon st., in South Melbourne, was hit on the head when a brick fell a distance of about […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

6 Years’ Gaol for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1949 WARRAGUL Steven Kelly, 46, farm labourer, of Warragul, who had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John Thomas Bateson, 74, pensioner, at Warragul, on March 31, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Mr Justice O’Bryan in the Criminal Court. His Honour described Kelly’s crime as dreadful, but […]

Sequel to a Street Brawl

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 1918 MELBOURNE At an inquiry regarding the death of Albert Greaves (28) in the Melbourne Hospital on March 31 as the result of injuries to his head, the Coroner committed James Gibson for trial on a charge of manslaughter. It is alleged that in the course of an altercation […]

Governor Paterson to Melbourne Gaol

ON This Day – 31st March 1908 It was arranged by the Penal authorities, that Mr. R. Paterson, governor of the Geelong gaol, shall take over, the charge of the Melbourne Gaol on this day in 1908. He return to Geelong in the evening, and hand over the care of the Geelong gaol to Mr […]

Veteran of Waterloo

On this day ……… 31st of March 1855 An interesting character turned up in Beechworth, on this day in 1855, needing assistance. His name was Thomas Allen, a veteran of Waterloo, where he had been wounded. Allen had also been at Ballarat during the Eureka uprising, his tent had been burnt, and he had lost […]

Victorian Governor – Lord Brassey

On this day ……… 31st of March 1897 Rutherglen in North East Victoria played host to the Victorian Governor Lord Brassey, who opened the district’s new Viticulture Collage. The college had been the dream of the. Rutherglen vigneron a since the 1880s. They proposed the building of an institution which could carry out practical experiments […]

Swallowed False Teeth

On this day ……… 31st of March 1908 Mrs. Jane Barwick, aged 40 years of North Brighton, Melbourne accidentally swallowed a plate containing 13 false teeth while drinking some broth for dinner on this day in 1908. A medical man ordered her removal to the Melbourne Hospital, where her neck was sliced open to have […]

Platform No.3, Flinders-street Station

On this day ……… 31st of March 1917 Accident was caused on platform No.3, at Flinders-street station on this day in 1917. When the 12.52 pm, train arrived several people were struck and knocked down by an open door of a compartment of the incoming train from Camberwell. The names of the people struck by […]