Escape By Stealing Prison Car

On This Day…..4th July 1966 Two youths escaped from Langi Kal Kal training Prison, near Ballarat in the prison-owned station sedan this on this day in 1966. Neither the youths nor the Government vehicle had been found. Prisoners where believe to have headed to Melbourne.

Lion Attack

On this day …….. 4th of July 1954 Women ran screaming from a Durban circus on this night in 1954, as six lions fatally mauled their tamer. The lions injured two men who went to the tamer’s aid. The tamer, Willian Coetzee, died in hospital three hours after the attack. The six lions mauled him […]


ON THIS DAY – July 4, 1984 BARRY QUINN In Pentridge Prison, Alex Tsakmakis shared a cell with double murderer Barry Robert Quinn. They had a tense relationship and Quinn would often bait his hot-headed inmate to cause trouble. One day he pushed Tsakmakis too far. Quinn brought up the memory of the rape of […]

World Record

On this day …….. 4th of July 1889 Eugene Kneebone from Bowmans Forest in North East Victoria, was the big winner at the weight putting contest at East Melbourne Cricket Ground on this day in 1889. He won the three pound event, the fourteen pound, sixteen pound, and in the twenty eight pound event, he […]

Lunatic Escapes Out From Door of Asylum

On This Day …….. 4th July 1905 FRONT DOOR ESCAPE 1905 A dangerous lunatic named Smith escaped from the main building of the Ararat lunatic¬†Asylum about 7pm on the 4th of July 1905. It is not known how Smith managed to open the front door of the Asylum but its possible he fund some wire […]

New Governor

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1924 The new Governor of the Geelong Gaol, Sir. T. Crotty, arrived on this day in 1924, to comment his duties. Mr. Crotty takes the place of Mr George Taylor who recently retired from the service, and who has been over 35 years in the Penal Department. Crotty […]

Commonwealth Police Force created after Prime Minister struck by egg

Billy Hughes the 7th Prime Minister of Australia established the Commonwealth Police Force, after being struck by an egg in the head at a protest. Hughes also holds two distinguished records – As Prime Minister, he had the most secretaries of all PM numbering over 100. Hughes also holds the record as longest serving parliamentarian […]

Buckland Chinese Riot

On This Day…… 4th July 1857 The Buckland riot was an anti-Chinese race riot that occurred on 4 July 1857, in the goldfields of the Buckland Valley, North East Victoria, Australia, near present-day Porepunkah. At the time approximately 2000 Chinese and 700 European migrants were living in the Buckland area. Anti-Chinese sentiment was widespread during […]

Postmortem Examination

On This Day ……. 4th of July 1910 A postmortem examination was concluded at the Geelong gaol upon the body of a prisoner named Alexander Dickson, who was sentenced to a months imprisonment about ten days ago by the Camperdown magistrates for insulting behaviour. Death was shown to be due to a compression caused by […]


ON THIS DAY ……. 4th July 1953 DOUBLE MURDER CHARGE A 27 year-old clerk was committed for trial on a double murder charge laid against him after a shooting at a Launching Place Guest House, 39 miles east of Melbourne, on July 4th. The Coroner (Mr Burke, SM) committed the clerk, William Henry Barton, of […]