Trial For Woman’s Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1944 Denying that he killed Mrs Nellie Shears (53), on July 14 last. William Phibbs (47) told a jury in the Criminal Court today that he went to her house about 2.30 and found Mrs. Shears. He spoke to her but she did not answer and he shook her […]

10 Famous Martini Recipes

Shaken not stirred…… We all have a preference …. But how do you like you Martini. 10 celebrities share there favourite. 1. James Bond. In Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Bond orders the drink like this: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, […]


ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1942 Search for Soldier Detectives have searched without avail for an Australian soldier who was seen in a Fitzroy hotel with Miss Mary Agnes Earls, 42, invalid pensioner, and for a woman who was in her company a few hours before her death on July 14. It has not […]

Murder at Flemington

ON THIS DAY – July 14, 1906 An alleged “welsher,” Donald M’Leod, was killed by the crowd at the Flemington Racecourse on July 14. The victim was a single man, aged 23. He made 27 bets on the Grand National Steeple Chase, 16 of which were on Decoration. As the race was finishing, M’Leod got […]

Sarah Ferguson’s Chocolate Chip Scones – Royal Recipe

Recipe Ingredients 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips 3 tablespoons orange juice Method Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a large […]

4 digit post codes introduced in Australia to help postal workers

On This Day ….. 14th July 1967 In the early years of settlement in Australia, there was no official postal service. Early letters and packages were carried out by boat along the Parramatta River, and sending letters was a luxury largely restricted to officers and their families. After the arrival of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, Australia’s […]

First European Sighting of a Kangaroo is Recorded

On this day …….. 14th of July 1770 The kangaroo is a native Australian marsupial, of which there are over 60 species. The kangaroo family includes wallabies, tree kangaroos, wallaroos, pademelons, rat-kangaroos and the quokka, all of which are classifed as macropods. Because the larger species – the Red and Grey Kangaroos – are plentiful […]

Prime Ministers girlfriend becomes step mother

Harold Holt the 17th Prime Minister of Australia father married one of his former girlfriends…… So she became his step mother. After going missing while swimming and his body never found, in good Australian humour a local Melbourne swimming pool was named in his honour.

Reginald Lewton

On This Day ……. 14th of July 1924 Reginald Lewton was remanded at the City Court on this day in 1924, to appear at the Geelong Court of Petty Sessions on a charge of having, in March, broken and entered the tailor’s shop of Deakes and Bowden, Geelong, and stolen a quantity of suiting valued […]