Tragedy of jealousy – BALLARAT

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1943 After having deliberated for 2 hours a jury in Ballarat Supreme Court found Kenneth Geoffrey White, of Ballarat, not guilty of having murdered his wife and having maliciously wounded a soldier, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. A verdict of not guilty was also returned on an […]

Snow storm in Benalla – 31st May 1913.

A view across the concrete reinforced road bridge over the Broken River, looking towards Benalla East. Fallen snow is visible. The Benalla Post and Telegraph Office is in the background. William John Howship (1874-1932) opened a photography studio business in Nunn Street Benalla in April 1904. He expanded the business by selling small format Kodak […]

Japanese midget submarines enter Sydney Harbour in WWII.

On This Day ……. 31st May 1942 When the town of Darwin was bombed by the Japanese in World War II, Australians were forced to accept the reality of how close the war was. Further bombing raids continued along Australia’s northwestern coastline, and even Townsville and Mossman in far north Queensland, but the war was […]


On This Day ……. 31st May 1943 Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter […]

Convict dies at Geelong Gaol

On This Day ……. 31st May 1901 An aged prisoner, who was sent from Melbourne to complete his sentence in the Geelong gaol, died in the latter institution on is day, and an inquiry was held before Mr H. Bannister, J.P. Dr Croker, the medical officer at the gaol, certified that death was due to […]

Murder and suicide – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY…… 31st May 1910 At the inquiry held into the tragedy which occurred at the Sir Walter Scott Hotel, Elizabeth street, Melbourne on this day in 1910, the Coroner found that John Tunks murdered Melanie Dean, and afterwards committed suicide.  

Demolishing Luna Park Sydney

On This Day ……. 31st May 1980 On 31 May, an auction was held to sell everything in Sydney’s Luna Park that could be removed. Two days later, everything that had not been sold (with the exception of the Face, Crystal Palace, and Coney Island) was bulldozed to the ground and burnt. The park was […]

Hating Alison Ashley – 2005

Hating Alison Ashley is a 2005 Australian comedy film based upon the 1984 novel of the same name produced by Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman and directed by Geoff Bennett. It was filmed in Kinglake West,Victoria, Australia and Docklands Studios Melbourne.The film stars Saskia Burmeister, as Erica “Yuk” Yurken, an adolescent brunette who fantasises about a better life […]


On This Day ……. 31st May 1943 Station 6ML, which was the first commercial station established in ‘Western Australia, went off the air on the completion of its programme on this night in 1943. The suspension has been caused by war difficulties.


IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as […]

Woman charged with murder – BALLARAT

On this day ……… 30th of May 1911 At the Ballarat Supreme Court, Louisa Rooke was charged with the murder on May 30 of Ellen Maud Wilson. The evidence was, practically a repetition of that given at the inquest. lt was alleged that accused performed an illegal operation. The defence was that the injuries were […]

Prime minister in car accident

On This Day ……. 30th May 1954 Sir Arthur Faddan (13th Prime Minister of Australia) was injured in a car accident at Grantham, about 80 miles from Brisbane on the eve of the Federal election on this day in 1954. He under when a minor operation for the removal of congealed blood. Because of the […]