Blind Convict

On This Day ……. 17th of July 1923

A blind man named Columbine was sent to the Geelong gaol on this day in 1923, to awaiting trial. He was to have been tried, at Ballarat the previous week, but the case had been adjourned till August 18. Columbine,who is said to have been a league footballer in pre-war days lost the sight of one eye at the war. After his return, it is alleged, he separated from his wife, who went to live with her parents at Maryborough. Columbine went to his mother-in-law’s house, where a disturbance occurred, as a result of which he was given into custody. Subsequently acute inflammation of the good eye set in, and the eye had to be removed.