ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1961 A slight, auburn haired woman yesterday had a 25th birthday she will never forget. She was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of her 17 month old daughter. Mrs Hughann Legget Prescott, of Murphy Street, Gardenvale, had pleaded not guilty to the charge before Mr. Justice […]

Mont Park Escape – Inspector General of the Insane

On This Day…….13th of July 1925 Recent escapes from the Mont Park Hospital for the Insane form the subject of a report which the Chief Secretary (Dr. Argyle) has received from the Inspector General of the Insane (Dr. W. E. Jones). Dr. Jones says that vigilance is exercised to prevent the escape of patients from […]

James Frederick Baensch

On This Day ……. 13th of July 1922 An elderly man called James Frederick Baensch was sent to the Geelong Gaol for three years for assault. At the Geelong gaol there are some ten warders and about 70 prisoners.  

Only Prime Minister to spend time in Gaol

John Curtin 14th Prime Minister of Australia, first job at the age of 14, was as a messenger boy for a magazine edited by artist Norman Lindsay. Curtin was also gaoled for three days in Pentridge Prison Melbourne in 1916 for defying government’s call-up order for military. Although holding such strong beliefs Curtin passed conscription […]


ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1956 Both the Crown Prosecutor and the defence council challenged statements by a Crown witness yesterday at the murder trial of John Alfred Somerville in the Criminal Court. He was charged following the death of an Englishman, George Neville Eastham, 27 at Crimea Street, St Kilda, on July 13 […]

Robberies at City Morgue

On this day …….. 13th of July 1929 Charles Leslie Stewart, 29 years, formerly a constable of police, stationed at the City Morgue, came before Mr. Justice MacIndoe for sentence on the 13th of July 1929. Stewart had been found guilty of stealing money and property from the clothes of bodies taken to the morgue. […]

Murder of Detective Senior Constable Lane

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1979 At about 11.30 am on Friday, 13th July, 1979 Detective Lane accompanied David Bernard Chapman, an 18 year old car theft suspect, to a disused bus parked in a camp site at Kyalite, Southern New South Wales. Chapman had been living there for a short time, and had […]

Famous Hotel Reopened – Glenrowan

On this day …….. 13th of July 1882 Ann Jones, who’s hotel was burned to the ground during the Siege of Glenrowan and the capture of Bushranger Ned Kelly, rebuilt the Glenrowan Inn on the same site. On this day 1882, Jones had new furniture delivered from Irving’s in a Wangaratta.  

Late Train

On this day …….. 13th of July 1876 After years of agitating and waiting, the first train to Beechworth arrived on this day in 1876. The railway had been opened to Everton in July 1875, and during the following year the construction of the difficult second section up to the City of the Hill, (Beechworth). […]